CLAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – For the early morning commute, Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) says that’s when they typically see vehicles still covered in sheets of ice and snow, which can be a danger to that driver and others on the road.
If you’re behind the wheel and your windshield is not cleared, you could be looking at a ticket.
OSP officials say they can issue a misdemeanor citation if drivers have failed to properly clean off their vehicles.
The citation won’t add any points to your license, but it could hurt your pockets.
The fine varies per jurisdiction, but can be anywhere between $120 to $140.
Officers say they don’t want to issue these citation and would prefer if drivers do what’s safe for them, their families and others on the road.
“We see some of those, where people do a small stripe across their window so they can see, so with interstate traffic or people turning off adjacent streets on the back roads and you just can’t see them and ultimately the downside can be a crash or an injury crash or worse,” Lt. Mark Nichols, with the Dayton post, detailed.
Lt. Nichols says the simple solution is to give yourself some extra time before getting in the car.