HOLDEN — Holden police said a truck driver was injured and they are now looking for the driver of a van after a traffic incident Thursday that adds fuel to the call for new laws mandating that Mainers clean their whole vehicles off after snowfall.
Holden Police Chief Chris Greeley said a tractor-trailer was traveling east on U.S. Route 1A around 11 a.m. when an ice chunk flew off the roof of the white van in front of it, shattering the truck’s windshield and injuring the driver.
The van kept going. Greeley said the truck driver was bleeding and had glass in his eye. He was evaluated at the scene by first responders. Although current laws only require drivers to clear their windshields and windows, Holden police are looking for the driver of the van.
“We’re not sure that there is a criminal violation because it’s not against the law for it to be on the roof of your car, but since it did cause damage and the driver continued on we’re looking at our legal options there,” Greeley said.
Currently, legislative leaders are considering whether to give the green light for lawmakers to consider a bill that would require drivers to clear off their entire vehicle.
This is not the first time such legislation has been proposed.