Some people call them ice missiles. You’re driving down I-65 amidst the normal busy caravan of semi-trailer trucks. Suddenly, an avalanche of ice and snow slides off the roof of the vehicle and onto your windshield, blinding you. Even for a few seconds, it’s enough to cause a crash.
Many feel there should be a law. Truth is, there are no specific laws in Illinois that require operators of trucks and to keep the snow and ice clear from atop and around the vehicle – whether it be a truck or a car. In Indiana, there are also no specific laws, but Indiana Turnpike officials can order you off the road if there are ice/snow accumulations.
That seems to be changing around the country, however. More and more states, like New Jersey, now require snow to be cleared before vehicles can be driven. The penalty for commercial vehicles is as much as $1,500 and between $25 and $75 for others.