Failing to remove snow, ice from vehicles against the law in some states

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It can be a hassle to clean snow and ice off your car, but failing to do so can be deadly.

New Hampshire state police in early December received about 20 reports of snow and ice coming loose from cars, trucks and tractor-trailers and striking other vehicles and, in some cases, shattering windshields, reports the Union Leader newspaper.

New Hampshire passed a law in 2002 after a woman died in an accident in 1999 caused by ice flying off a tractor-trailer. It is illegal to leave snow and ice on a vehicle and the driver can be fined up to $500 for a first offense and up to $1,000 for a second offense, the Union Leader reports.

Other states with snow and ice removal laws include Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Wisconsin.