Frosty re­cep­tion from traf­fic po­lice

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Done a poor job scratch­ing the frost off your car wind­screen be­fore driv­ing? It may cost you $150. Po­lice are tar­get­ing morn­ing driv­ers, whose car win­dows are still cov­ered in ice, af­ter find­ing mo­torists driv­ing with only a small gap to see through.

The most re­cent was a mo­torist stopped and tick­eted in Horo­rata.

The woman, who was in her mid-30s, told po­lice she had not both­ered clear­ing her wind­screen as she did not have far to go on the -3 de­grees Cel­sius morn­ing last month. She was given a $ 150 infringement fee for the "ob­scured win­dow" of­fence.

Se­nior Sergeant Phil New­ton, of Can­ter­bury road polic­ing, said " ex­tremely frosty" morn­ings showed how poor the vis­i­bil­ity could get. Run­ning late was no ex­cuse and no warn­ings would be given.

"We have been see­ing peo­ple driv­ing with­out clean­ing their wind­screen and al­most do­ing ac­ro­bat­ics lean­ing out the win­dow to get vis­i­bil­ity. It’s stu­pid­ity.

"Stop and clean it off."

Last win­ter fea­tured the worst case of driv­ing with a frosted win­dow New­ton had seen.

Po­lice stopped a man driv­ing 100kmh on the Christchurch North­ern Mo­tor­way with only 2cm-wide scrape marks to see out of.

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