Seeing Clearly

You probably don’t give much thought to your windshield, or that of other vehicles on the road. But what if a car near you has a windshield that is frosted or snowed over, and the driver can’t see you when they attempt to change lanes? This can create a dangerous scenario.

Included in this post is a photo taken this morning of a car being driven in Eden Prairie. An EPPD officer noticed the car nearly running into several other vehicles and cited the driver for driving with a windshield covered with frost “to such an extent as to prevent proper vision.” (MN Statute 169.71)

While we’re on the subject of car windows, did you know that Minnesota has a statute regulating the amount of tint allowed on car windows? According to state law, all windows in passenger cars must have a 50% light transference (the law also allows for a 3% variance which brings the actual amount to 47%). That means 47% of the light that hits your vehicle’s windows must be able to penetrate the window. The reason for the tinted window law is that it is important for drivers to be able to make eye contact, or acknowledge seeing, another driver, pedestrian or bicyclist.

Also, in case you were wondering, fuzzy dice and Mardi Gras beads are also prohibited to hang from your review view mirror under state statute.