From the Issue: 
February 2012

    This month we would like to talk about winter safety.  We are solidly in the season of blizzards, slippery roads and black ice.  The road crews do a good job of cleaning up after the storms, but if you don’t have to be out during or just after a storm, stay home and let the crews do their job.  Also, remember to clean ALL snow off of your vehicle.  We all have seen those folks driving around with a foot of snow on their roofs.  If it’s fluffy snow, it turns into a whiteout behind the car.  If it’s heavy snow or ice, it can fly off and hit another car causing an accident.

    In 1999 a young woman from Peterborough, Jessica Smith, was killed when a chunk of snow flew off a truck and struck her vehicle.  In 2002, NH passed a law named for Jessica which holds drivers responsible for the snow and ice that comes off from their vehicle.  In other words, if snow or ice comes off your car and damages or causes injuries, you are responsible.  In addition to being liable, the law also allows drivers to be fined from $250 to $500 for the first offense.

    Around your homes, make sure that there is a clear path from your driveway to the entrance of your home.  In an emergency, crews will need to gain access quickly.

    We hope that everyone stays safe and enjoys the winter.  However, if there is an emergency, Dial 9-1-1