Though everyone understands the morning rush to get out the door and on the road,Connecticut State Police are urging drivers to take the time to thoroughly clean their windshields.
“By law, one needs to have a windshield that’s free of obstruction. Scratching out a small hole in the ice is a violation of the law,” Lt. J. Paul Vance said. “You need to have complete visibility of, ideally, 360 degrees. You need to be able to see.”
This lesson was not lost on a Trumbull teen who struck a pedestrian while pulling over to clear his windshield. The boy was driving on Scenic Hill Road when he struck a mother who was walking her son to school. Police reported only minor injuries.
The driver was issued a ticket for reckless driving. Though he claims to have scraped the windshield before leaving his home, Connecticut DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick warns that if the car is not warmed up the windows can re-freeze.
Other winter driving hazards include driving too fast for conditions and driving in slippery conditions without adequate treads on ones tires. Turning on a cars lights whenever windshield wipers are in use is another way drivers can protect themselves from winter driving hazards.
The personal injury attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that as we head into winter you heed police warnings and keep your windshield free of ice and snow.