What Are Obstructed Windshield Tickets?

Driving with an obstructed windshield is a violation of Maryland’s traffic regulations that can result in a ticket. Transportation Article 21-1104(c) states that you may not drive a vehicle on a highway with any object, material, or obstruction located in or on the vehicle that interferes with a clear view of the driver through the windshield. This includes objects such as air fresheners, tassels, parking passes, and other items that may block the driver’s line of sight.

At The Law Office of Hillel Traub, we have an extensive track record of success fighting traffic violation tickets. Attorney Hillel Traub has over 30 years of experience and is well-versed in Maryland traffic laws and regulations. He understands how to implement legal strategies that can keep your driving record clean and protect your driving privileges.

Understanding Maryland Windshield Laws

An obstructed windshield ticket is a citation given to a driver who is operating a vehicle with one or more of the following on their windshield:

  • Signs, posters, stickers, or other nontransparent materials
  • Items hung or suspended from the rearview mirror
  • Non-reflective tint added to the bottom five inches of the windshield
  • Window tint that does not allow over 35% of the light to pass through
  • Red tint applied to the windshield or windows
  • Cracks or chips that affect the driver’s line of sight
  • Snow, ice, or other debris that has not been cleared from the windshield

It’s important to note that driving with an obstructed windshield is not only illegal, but it is also dangerous. Obstructed vision can impair your ability to see the road and other drivers, potentially leading to accidents.

If you have received an obstructed windshield ticket, speak with an experienced traffic violations lawyer for an assessment of your case. We can fight to keep your driving record clean or work to diminish any penalties associated with your traffic violation.

Penalties for Driving With an Obstructed Windshield

In Maryland, the penalties for driving with an obstructed windshield can vary depending on the severity of the violation. Some potential penalties include fines, points on your driving record, and license suspension. For first-time offenses, you may receive a fine of $70 and accumulate one point on your driving record. If you receive multiple violations for windshield obstruction, the consequences may be more serious.

If the violation is considered a serious offense, such as driving with a windshield that is completely covered, you may face more severe penalties. For example, if found guilty of driving with an obstructed windshield that causes an accident resulting in serious injury or death, you may face a fine of up to $3,000, up to a year of jail time, or both. If the accident results in death, you may face imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of $5,000, or both.

Contact an Experienced Traffic Violations Lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub

Driving with an obstructed windshield is a violation of Maryland’s traffic laws that can result in a ticket. If you have one or more violations or were involved in an accident resulting from an obstructed windshield, The Law Office of Hillel Traub is prepared to fight for you. We handle all aspects of your case to relieve the stress off your shoulders and strive for the best results.

Attorney Hillel Traub is a former lawyer for the MVA and offers effective and fierce representation from initial consultation to resolution. Schedule a complimentary consultation today by calling (410) 580-1100 or filling out our contact form.