Const. Markus Anastasiades cleaned the snow off a police cruiser in 59 seconds on Tuesday morning – a personal record. (Courtesy the Saanich Police Department)

Snowy windshields can cost drivers $109 in fines

Saanich police officer says cars can be cleared of snow in 59 seconds

Saanich police are reminding drivers that if they don’t clear their windshields, they can face a fine of up to $109.

As snowstorms continue to blast the Island with uncharacteristic amounts snow, drivers are encouraged to plan ahead, slow down and ensure that they can see out their windows.

According to the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act, legally, drivers must remove all snow, ice and condensation from their windshields before hitting the road. Failure to do so can result in a ticket.

The fine for driving with an obstructed view is hefty, but Const. Markus Anastasiades of the Saanich Police Department, says the risks to the driver and other road users far outweigh the cost.

READ ALSO: Up to 30 cm of snow in store for parts of Greater Victoria

He referenced a “completely preventable” incident in December 2019 where a driver rear-ended a stopped police cruiser because their windshield was covered in ice and condensation. The officer sustained minor injuries and had to stay home to recover.

Anastasiades pointed out that it took him less than a minute to clear all the snow off a police cruiser on Tuesday – a personal best.

READ ALSO: Saanich police officer rear-ended by driver with icy windshield

“It doesn’t take long to clear the windows and lights on your vehicle,” he said, “Proactive steps to contribute to safer roads.”

Police recommend planning ahead and keeping an ice scraper, squeegee, and towel in the car.


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