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.
The photo to the left was taken by an Eden Prairie Police Officer April 5.
The car was being driven in Eden Prairie, and the officer noticed the car nearly running into several other vehicles.
The driver was cited for driving with a windshield covered with frost “to such an extent as to prevent proper vision” (MN Statute 169.71).
Also on the subject of car windows, Minnesota has a statute that regulates the amount of tint allowed on car windows.
According to state law, all windows in passenger cars must have a 50 percent light transference (the law also allows for a 3 percent variance, which brings the actual minimum to 47 percent).
That means 47 percent of the light that hits a vehicle’s windows must 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.