Fines and Penalties for a New York Obstructed View Ticket – VTL 1213

Author: Adam H. Rosenblum Esq. | Last Updated:

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.

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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.