Flying snow a road hazard
A new highway hazard became common Monday morning as more cars took to roads now clear enough for higher speeds: crusty chunks of flying snow.
The dangerous projectiles were breaking loose as vehicles that had not been properly
cleared of snow gained speed and warmed up. The piles fly into the path of other cars with sufficient force to break windshields.
"That snow is hard and crusted after piling up on top of a vehicle," said John B. Townsend II, spokesman for the American Automobile Association. "Other drivers swerve to avoid it, and that can lead to accidents."
Townsend said drivers in the District can face fines unless they "remove every inch of snow from their car." He said it took half an hour to remove the historic weekend snowfall from his own car.
"People who don't allow time to do that are going to rush off with 30 inches of snow on their roofs," Townsend said. "That's just dangerous. If you have to drive, please remove the snow. It's a common courtesy."
-- Ashley Halsey III
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