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Flying block of ice narrowly misses car on Route 4

Photo Credit: Courtesy Oncu Tuzuner
Photo Credit: Courtesy Oncu Tuzuner

ONLY ON CVP: A Fort Lee woman driving with her son on Route 4 in Teaneck today narrowly missed getting struck by a block of ice that flew off a car in front of them.

“We were going westbound from Fort Lee to the mall and my son, Ian, who is 5½, was watching YouTube on the phone,” Oncu Tuzuner told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

“When I saw what was happening, I told him to take pictures,” she said. “I was lucky that my right lane was open, so I moved over.”

That’s when the huge chunk came flying by.

“I’m glad nobody got hurt,” Tuzuner said. “Especially us. I was pretty shaky when it was over.”

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PUBLIC SAFETY (WED. UPDATE): State, Bergen County and local police this morning were ticketing motorists driving without cleaning off the tops of their vehicles. READ MORE….

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New Jersey motorists caught not removing ice or snow from their vehicles face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense, regardless of whether the ice and snow is dislodged in transit.

If flying ice or snow causes property damage or injury to others, motorists face fines of $200 to $1,000 for each offense.

“Snow and ice left on a vehicle, in particular on the hood, windows and roof, can become a deadly projectile, creating a hazard for everyone on the road,” the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety says. “The few moments it takes to clear ice and snow from your vehicle could prevent a crash or save a life.”

Col. Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, was more emphatic — saying that the law “prohibits what common sense should have already dictated.”

PHOTOS: Courtesy Oncu Tuzuner

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