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