With winter upon us, ACT Policing is urging all Canberra drivers to remove ice from all the glass surfaces of their vehicles.
Frosted windscreens and windows pose a significant danger to road users, as they reduce visibility and can intensify the glare of the sun.
Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson said it was the responsibility of motorists to ensure all their windows are free of frost as to not impede their vision when driving.
“Anyone leaving their vehicles out in sub-zero temperatures experienced in Canberra recently must take the time to defrost their windows and mirrors before heading off on their journey,” Sergeant Anderson said.
“It’s actually an offence to drive a vehicle if your vision, to the front or rear is obstructed. If police pull you over with ice, or any other object obstructing your vision, you can be fined $80.”
“It’s just a matter of taking a bit of extra time to make sure car’s safe. If you can’t garage your car overnight get up 10 minutes earlier, pour lukewarm (never hot) water over your vehicle and make sure your demisters are functioning properly before you leave.”
Last year police attended a collision in Conder in which a driver, whose view was obstructed by frost on her windscreen, collided with the back of an ACTION bus.
The driver was issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice for ‘driving a vehicle without clear view’.
“This incident highlighted how driving without a clear view is highly dangerous to you and to others, and may result in a collision that could cost those involved significant cost, inconvenience and injury,” Sergeant Anderson said.