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.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Journey Middle School students try out the trades

Program is designed to expose students to career options

VicPD confirms wolf sighting in James Bay

Police ask that children and pets be taken inside

VIDEO: Furry, four-legged donors make their way to doggy blood drive in Langford

WAVES and Canadian Animal Blood Bank host blood drive for dogs

Annual Salmon Carcass Transplant draws Saanich residents to Douglas Creek

More than 100 frozen salmon tossed into the creek as part of ecological restoration

Colwood hosts open house on future of Royal Bay community

Event takes place on Jan. 22 at Royal Bay Secondary from 6 to 8 p.m.

‘Presumptive case’ of coronavirus in Canada confirmed by Ontario doctors

Man in his 50s felt ill on his return to Canada from Wuhan, China

VIDEO: Drone footage shows extent of damage in Highway 4 rockslide

Tofino, Ucluelet still cut off from rest of the island, as crews work to repair roadway

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

Dr. Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist at the centre, says drug users need more resources,

‘My heart is going to bleed’: Bodies brought back to Canada following Iran plane crash

Remains of Sahar Haghjoo, 37, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elsa Jadidi, were identified last weekend

UBC grad and sister killed in Iran plane crash had bright futures ahead, close friend says

Asadi-Lari siblings Mohammad Hussein and Zeynab were two of 57 Canadians aboard downed Flight PS752

BCLC opens novelty bet on Harry and Meghan moving to the west coast

Meanwhile, real estate agency points to four possible homes for the family

Canada slips in global corruption ranking in aftermath of SNC-Lavalin scandal

The country obtained a score of 77, which places it at the top in the Americas

Wuhan bans cars, Hong Kong closes schools as coronavirus spreads

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said her government will raise its response level to emergency, highest one

Most Read