If you’ve been anywhere around the internet this week, you’ve probably seen these images pop up on your news feed. It’s amazing that in this day and age, people still need to be reminded to clear the snow off their cars before heading out on the road. This week, we got a couple pretty incredible examples. On Tuesday, OPP in Brussels, ON busted an 80 year old man who was driving his car around like this… Seriously.
Can’t make this stuff up. Driver charged today in Brussels actually driving like this. Media- James.firstname.lastname@example.org pic.twitter.com/i6rPA3TxU1
— OPP West (@OPP_WR) January 19, 2016
The man explained to the officer that pulled him over that he is too old and weak to brush off the entire windshield. It was quite a bit of snow to move, as about 60 centimetres fell on the area Monday night. If you can’t clear the snow off your car, though, you probably shouldn’t be driving. Even if you have to ask a neighbour to help, it’ll only take you an extra couple minutes (you should be leaving extra time to get where you need to go anyway). Or you could not bother, and face the consequences. In this particular scenario, the driver received a $110 fine under the Highway Traffic Act for having “no clear view.” After handing him the ticket, however, the officer also helped him clear off the rest of his vehicle. Then, the following day, a woman in Halifax was pulled over doing pretty much exactly the same thing – though this time with a slightly more creative excuse.
The woman behind the wheel of this “moving snowbank” told the Halifax Regional Police officer that stopped her that she was on her way to the car wash to melt the snow off her car. That’s all well and good, but she could have at the very least used a snow brush to get all the excess white stuff off. Instead, she received a $180 fine and became the target of ridicule on the internet. Just in case there was ever any confusion, Peel Regional Police created this handy little guide to help you know how much snow you should clear off your car. SPOILER ALERT: You should clear off ALL of it.
— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) January 22, 2016
@PeelPoliceMedia Far too many people consider the on-ramp to be their snow brush
— Bryan Passifiume (@SUNBryanpass) January 22, 2016
It’s not just here in the Great White North that we face this problem, however. I came across a video that Opie of Opie & Anthony posted on YouTube nearly 6 years ago of a driver in Manhattan who did something similar.
“It’s a carhawk, bro!” This is just as stupid as the other options in here. While he might be able to see a little better out of his own window, he’s putting any driver who ends up behind him potentially in danger. While that snow on the roof won’t block his view, it could come flying off and smash someone’s windshield behind them… Just like what happened in this video that Brian posted in his blog earlier this month.
Don’t put others in danger! Use your head, and clear off your car!