Cops give tickets to drivers who haven’t cleared snow, ice off vehicles

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Like it or not, clearing off our vehicles is something we all have to do after a big winter blast like this one.

But there are some things you may not know about clearing off your ride.

Whenever the snow and ice falls, the Eau Claire Police Department said its officers often have to pull over drivers.

“The main thing is visibility for you and your family to be safe,” said Officer Kyle Roder.

Wisconsin State Law says drivers can be stopped and ticketed for not having all of their windows cleared.

Along with lights and license plates, officers also want to make sure your roof and hood are free of snow and ice.

“If you have a foot of snow on the roof or on the hood of your vehicle, once you start driving, that snow will slide down covering your rear windows or it will maybe fly up into the air. That causes a safety factor not only for you, but also for the vehicles behind you,” Officer Roder said.

Jason Mathwig said when the flakes are flying, he always makes sure to clear off his entire car.

“It is frustrating sometimes when you're behind someone and a big chunk of car flies off from their car into your windshield,” Mathwig said.

But Jordyn Anderson said she clears the windows and calls it good.

“You can't reach all the way up on top of your car to get the snow off, and it will fly off when you're driving anyway,” Anderson said.

If you get pulled over for having a snowy car, Officer Roder said it's possible that you will be forced to clean it off before you can get on your way.

“Those would be laws that we really want to enforce, ones that are real practical and we see people getting in crashes over,” Officer Roder said.

The fine for not clearing off your windows is $175 and points on your license.

Officer Roder said this is something that all law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin enforce.

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