Frosted windshields, a clear danger for Minnesota drivers, passengers and pedestrians

Throughout the year, Mother Nature’s extremes pose many challenging driving situations for Minnesota drivers. In our state, torrential spring rains give way to the scorching heat of the summer which quickly turns to freezing winter temperatures. Regardless of the season or unique weather, Minnesota drivers must ensure that both they and their vehicle are prepared.

Rochester area residents are currently experiencing one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record. We recently wrote a post on winter safety tips for Minnesota drivers. Along with those tips previously mentioned, drivers must also take the time to ensure a vehicle’s windshield is clear of any frost, snow or ice.

In Feb. of 2012, a 19-year-old Minnesota driver hit an 85-year-old woman who was crossing the street. The woman subsequently died from serious injuries she suffered. Upon speaking to police, the 19-year-old confessed he did not see the woman because his windshield was frosted over.

This tragic fatal pedestrian accident serves as a solemn reminder to Minnesota drivers about the importance of ensuring a motor vehicle’s windshield is completely clear prior to driving. Drivers who fail to take action to either scrape their windshield or allow the frost to melt and clear may be subject to a $118 fine. More importantly, these drivers are putting their lives and those of other drivers, passengers and pedestrians at risk.

In order to see other vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles, a driver must be able to clearly see out of a vehicle’s windshields and all windows. Individuals who have been involved in a car accident in which a driver’s front or rear windshield or windows were not completely cleared may choose to take legal action.

Source: KLXT-TV, “The dangers of driving frosted over,” Mary McGuire, Feb. 5, 2014