February Traffic Initiative - Windshield & Plate Obstructions and Tinted Windows

Published on February 7, 2022

Cornwall, ON - During the month of February, the Cornwall Police Service (CPS) will be proactively conducting education and enforcement on motor vehicles with windshield and licence plate obstructions, as well as tinted windows.

Outward vision is critical to driving safety. Leaving snow on the windows dramatically decreases a driver’s ability to view all of the important driving information around them. There are other critical areas of the vehicle that need to be kept clear of snow for proper functioning. All lights need to be clear of snow so that motorists can see the vehicle from behind, the side or oncoming. If the lights are blocked with snow and ice, it could mean that other motorists will not be able to see that vehicle leading to a collision.

This month, officers will focus on education and enforcement of vehicles being operated with frosted or obstructed windshields, lights and licence plates. Officers will dedicate time during each shift to conduct proactive education and enforcement on vehicles being operated with obstructions. Officers will focus on all forms of obstructions such as vehicles with plate covers, dirty plates, obstructed windshields, lights and tinted front and passenger windows.

Please take the extra five minutes to save yourself a fine or even worse, be involved in a collision due to poor visibility through your windshield or rear window, or because another driver could not see your lights.

Enhancing traffic safety is a major objective within the CPS Strategic Plan. As such, monthly safety initiatives have been developed to keep the public informed and promote safer roadways and bike paths. These initiatives will be carried out by the Traffic Unit, as well as Community Patrol Officers.

“A safer Cornwall.”

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