Snow on cars

The Manheim Township Police Department is reminding drivers to clear the snow off their cars before going out on the roads. 

You know the drivers who neglect to clean off their cars before going out on the road after a snowstorm? 

Don't be one of those people. 

That's the message Manheim Township police are spreading as Winter Storm Harper approaches, bringing with it the possibility of several inches of snow and ice Saturday into Sunday.

"We felt this would be a great time to remind motorists of the dangers and illegality of leaving snow and/or ice upon a vehicle while it is in motion," Manheim Township police spokesman Michael Piacentino wrote in a news release Friday. 

Not only is it hazardous to yourself and other motorists, Piacentino said, it's also against state law -- specifically, sections 3720 and 4524 of the Pennsylvania Code. 

Section 3720 states that the operator of a vehicle from which snow or ice is dislodged and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious injury may be subject to a fine of $200 to $1,000. 

The latter states that no one shall drive with material, such as snow or ice, obstructing the view from the windshields and side and rear windows.