‘Jessica’s Law’ taken seriously by local police
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Cleaning snow from steps, sidewalks and driveways can be an unwelcome chore at this time of year. But avoiding the chore of clearing snow from a vehicle can leave drivers on the wrong side of the law.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise, since “Jessica’s Law” has been in effect in New Hampshire since 2002. The legislation is named after Jessica Smith, a 20-year-old who was killed when ice that flew off of a truck, struck another truck, which then careened head-on into Smith’s vehicle. The law, formally known as RSA 265:79-b, makes a person who drives “in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property” guilty of negligent driving, a violation that brings a fine of up to $500 for first offense, and between $500 and $1,000 for subsequent offenses.