Winter is no fun for motorists and all Ontario drivers know the pain of waking up early to clear snow off their vehicles. It’s a sacred Canadian ritual, and an important one, yet some people refuse to do it. York Regional Police reported via Twitter on Friday that they’d apprehended a driver, who’s front windshield was almost completely covered in snow.

“Shocking, but true, this vehicle was actually spotted driving down the road like this. An officer stopped the vehicle at 9:30 a.m., at Bantry Ave & Bayview Ave in Richmond Hill. The driver was charged for No Clear View,” read the tweet, which also featured a picture of the vehicle.

In the photo, it is clearly shown that the entirety of the front windshield was covered in a light layer of snow, blocking the driver's vision of the road. 

Sadly, incidents like these aren’t exactly rare in Ontario. In fact, back in January, police reported multiple snow clearing related accidents in the GTA.

The OPP and Burlington Police were forced to sent out several warnings to drivers, reminding them that it is their responsibility to clear their vehicle of snow.

Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states that drivers are not permitted on a highway unless their car is clear of snow.

“No person shall drive a motor vehicle upon a highway unless the windshield and the windows on either side of the compartment containing the steering wheel are in such a condition as to afford the driver a clear view to the front and side of the motor vehicle; and unless the rear window is in such a condition as to afford the driver a clear view to the rear of the motor vehicle,” reads Section 74 of the Highway Traffic Act.

Back in January, a GO bus driver narrowly avoided serious injury after a piece of ice hit their vehicle while it was travelling on the highway.

Shocking images of the bus’s caved-in window was later shared online, highlighting what can happen if you fail to clear your vehicle correctly.

Halton Regional Police responded to an incident last month where an Ontario driver drove into a snowbank after leaving their side windows covered in snow.  

"The driver received a ticket and the officer helped push the car out of the snow bank. Drivers need to clean the snow off their car windows!" warned police. 

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