Law enforcement across New England posted important reminders Monday about clearing snow off of vehicles, but there were plenty of photos to be found of drivers who had failed to do just that, creating dangerous situations for other drivers.
Kristin Lonczak is someone who always watches for flying snow and ice from people’s vehicles.
“That’s one of my pet peeves,” said Lonczak. “I notice that all the time when snow is flying off cars.”
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So when she was heading to work on Route 128 in Dedham, Massachusetts, on Monday morning, she was on alert.
“So I’d been thinking about that and five minutes later I have a smashed window,” the Weymouth resident said.
Before she knew it, there was a thud on her windshield as she drove through Dedham.
“Suddenly I saw this thing flying at me and there was a big crash and my window was shattered,” said Lonczak.
She wasn’t the only one dodging airborne snow and ice after the overnight storm.
A driver got hammered by slush from a plow truck that was clearing the property at Logan Airport, and he was left with a crack in his windshield.
The Massachusetts Port Authority said in a statement, “The safety and security of the public is our top priority. We regret to see an incident such as this happen on our property. We are investigating the circumstances and we apologize to the driver for this experience."
All the snow and ice can be incredibly dangerous.
Several police agencies tweeted photos of cars with too much snow piled on top, as they urged drivers to clear off their vehicles before getting behind the wheel.
“I actually think I was really lucky because the part of the windshield that shattered was the passenger side so I was still able to see where I was going,” said Lonczak.
She says she was shaking but tried to remain calm, then got off at the next exit and pulled over.
Luckily, Lonczak was not injured.
“I have a 5-year-old daughter, I’m a mother, if that went through my window and I crashed into someone else, I could be not here today,” she said.