Cops to drivers: Clear car roofs of snow, ice

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Following Wednesday's massive snowstorm that pummeled the Hudson Valley, drivers are being reminded to clear the tops of their vehicles to avoid accidents.

Last week, a slab of ice flew off the roof of a tractor-trailer on the State Thruway in Ramapo, smashing through the windshield of a box truck and hitting the driver in the chest.

While it may be dangerous not to clear a vehicle roof of snow, there is no law in New York requiring drivers to do so. However, state police strongly encourage it for safety reasons.

"I don't think that many people are aware to do it, especially people who drive SUVs," says Marleen Leventhal, of West Nyack.

For interviews about hazards of driving with snow on top of cars, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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