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You can get fined a whopping $109 for driving with a snow-covered car

Driving with only a small portion of your windshield defrosted or scraped away is dangerous.
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Before you pull out of your driveway with a dusting of snow on your vehicle, you might want to consider using a brush. 

While you might think you have enough room to see where you're going, the police have something different to say. 

For example, Delta Police re-shared a tweet about driving with a frosty layer on your vehicle, underscoring that, "If you head out today with snow-covered windows, or headlight or taillights covered by snow," you could face a staggering $109 fine. As such, a $10 brush is definitely the cost-effective choice. 

The Delta Police add that the offence is called 'Drive While View Obstructed' and that it aplies to front, rear and side windows. So, just because your windshield is clear does not mean that you're in the clear

Driving with only a small portion of your windshield defrosted or scraped away is dangerous. In order to prevent snow from accumulating, Drive Smart BC notes that, "Covering the windshield with anything that keeps moisture away from it will prevent frost from forming on the outside. A tarp, blanket, towel or even cardboard will help reduce the work."

A traffic ticket for a violation of section 195(1)(b) MVA costs $109 and 3 penalty points.





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