Today is Groundhog’s Day, the day where we leave winter weather predictions up to a Groundhog. The most famous of the weather predicting groundhogs is Punxsutawney Phil from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and today he didn’t see his shadow, predicting an early spring.
Earlier springs may be welcome to prevent some truckers from weather related fines if a new Pennsylvania bill passes. In Punxsutawney Phil’s home state of Pennsylvania, State Senator Lisa Boscola reintroduced a bill that would require snow and ice to be removed from tractor-trailers or drivers should face a fine.
According to Senate Bill 94, law enforcement officers would have authority to stop truckers if they feel that accumulated snow and ice posed a threat to others.
>A current law exists with fines for all drivers who injure others due to snow or ice falling from their vehicles. Fines for that range from $200 to $1,000.
Senate Bill 94 would increase the maximum to $1,500. Fines for not adequately clearing a truck for snow and ice would range between $25 and $75.
The bill has safety in mind and according to social media posts from Senator Lisa Boscola, there is cooperation with the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association to refine the bill.
@SenLisaBoscola thank you for all that you do!
— PMTA (@P_M_T_A) January 29, 2016