Drivers can face fines for not scraping ice from windshields

Published: Feb. 27, 2019 at 1:34 PM CST
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A photo sent from a TV9 viewer shows a vehicle driving with a windshield nearly covered with ice.

Freezing drizzle made for some icy conditions Wednesday morning, but authorities say that's no excuse to not take a little time to clear windshields.

Drivers can face a nearly $50 fine for it in Cedar Rapids, with amounts varying by municipality. But more importantly, authorities say drivers put themselves and others on the road at risk.

Authorities want to remind drivers that all car windows need to be clear of ice, snow and other debris.

They say it's a situation they see often while on patrol.

Usually, authorities say people are in a rush and don't take the time to scrape windows.

"I know with this most recent drizzle that we had it left a nice thin coat of ice on the windows that was difficult to get off but you need to take the time to be safe, make sure you can see. And don't just leave yourself a little hole that you can peak around because there's so much you can miss out of the peripheral vision," Major Chad Colston, with the Linn County Sheriff's Office, said.

The vehicle in the photo is a Mediacom service van. Officials from there said the employee made a serious error, and Medicacom supervisors will address the issue. Mediacom workers added they've taken steps to ensure full compliance with safety practices.