Anyone who has ever loaded up their backseat with so much stuff that they can barely see out the rear window should be aware that they are committing a ticketable offense. Under VTL 1213 Driver’s View Obstructed, any time you can’t see out of your windshield, side view or rearview mirrors you can get hit with a summons for having an obstructed view.
Minimal obstruction is considered Illegal under the ‘Obstructed View’ law
This begs the question: Just how obstructed must your view be to receive a ticket?
The answer is, shockingly, “not much.” The sad reality is that you can receive a ticket for nothing more than that dancing hula doll in your back window or for hanging a pair of fuzzy dice from your mirror. It may seem petty, but the number of people ticketed for things like a simple air freshener is surprisingly high. In fact, anyone who has ever had or currently uses a handicapped parking tag may have noticed that the tag specifically states to take it down while driving and only hang it after parking.
People can also be an obstruction!
It is not only objects that count as things that can obstruct a view. Having too many people in your car can land you a ticket as well. For example, having a third person in the front seat can be considered an obstruction (unless your car has old-school bench seats designed for a third person up front). Likewise, you may want to think twice about asking your pro-wrestler buddy to squeeze into the middle rear seat of your sedan; his massive shoulders and head could also be grounds for a citation.
What are the penalties for an Obstructed View ticket?
A ticket for an obstructed view means facing a fine of up to $150 with an $88-$93 NYS surcharge and two points on your license. A second offense in 18 months becomes a $300 fine and a third offense costs $450. If you or someone you love has been ticketed for an obstructed view, you need to help of a skilled attorney to avoid the fees and points that come with a conviction. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law are experienced traffic ticket attorneys with offices in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.