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First Storm of 2014 Tests CT’s New ‘Flying Ice’ Ban

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Besides leaving 10 inches of snow on the ground in some places, Connecticut’s first winter storm of 2014 also is testing the state’s new effort to control flying ice on its highways.

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Westport firefighters at the scene of a “flying ice” incident in February 2007 on the I-95 bridge over the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

According to a new law that took effect this week, truck drivers could be fined up to $1,250 if accumulated ice dislodges and causes damage to a person or to another vehicle.

What became known as the “flying ice” or “ice missile” law is the product of more than a decade of legislative debate over how to handle large sheets of frozen material that unexpectedly crash into the windshields of unlucky motorists each winter.

Sometimes drivers are only momentarily blinded. On other occasions, the ice actually crashes through the windshield.

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