SUNRISE INTERVIEW: Safety with the State Patrol (Legal or Not?)

On Tuesday morning, we revisited a popular topic on SUNRISE, asking the Wisconsin State Patrol some common questions.

Q. Is it legal to drive my vehicle that has frosted windows?

A. Not legal.

Front, side and rear windows are required to be kept clear. As morning temperatures drop motorists need to be mindful that uncovered vehicles may develop frosted, ice and/or snow covered windows. Carving out a peephole to navigate streets and roads is not legal and certainly not safe.

Q. Is it legal or not to allow children passengers under the age of 12 to exit or enter a parked vehicle from the traffic side of a street?

Although it is legal, allowing children - or even adult passengers - to open vehicle doors and exit/enter from the traffic side is dangerous and requires significant safety awareness. It is recommended that parents use the curb-side of a street when getting kids in/out of a vehicle.

Q. I heard that it will be illegal for new drivers to use a cell phone while operating a vehicle.

Correct, it is illegal. In addition to texting, effective November 1, 2012, no person who holds a probationary license or an instruction permit may drive any motor vehicle while using a cellular or other wireless telephone, except to report an emergency.

Safety tip of the Month

This is the time of year that deer are more active and the incidents of vehicle /deer crashes increases. Motorists need to be more aware of this potential hazard as they travel especially at dawn and dusk.

The best defense is to provide your overall attention to the road and ditch lines. Reduce speed and be prepared for deer on or near the roadway. And odds are, where there is one deer there are two, three or more.


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