When does an obstructed view lead to a ticket?

Our clients sometimes wonder about the legality of driving with a rock chip or crack.

Even if you have a small blemish on your windshield, we believe the best course of action is to have it repaired immediately. Even a small crack can get bigger without warning. A small rock chip can block your view and be a hazard.

This bit of common sense aside, we thought you might like to know the laws surrounding having an obstructed view while driving. There are a number of reasons you can get a ticket, so keep these in mind.

The basics are this: is something blocking your view while you’re driving? This might include:

  • Any stickers on the window
  • Anything hanging, like an air fresher or sweet fuzzy dice 😉
  • Objects on the dashboard
  • Tinted windshield or side glass

Obstruction of view can of course include chips or cracks in your auto glass.


How to avoid a ticket?

Obstruction of view fines are moving violations, rather than a standing violation, so you can get points against your record. So, it’s not a bad idea to take a little time to do the following:

  1. Check your car for any possible obstructions
  2. Have any chips or cracks inspected by an auto glass technician
  3. Check your local laws, to see how they regulate auto glass tints
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