By Jordan W. Charness
Peter had just returned from a trip down south. He had certainly enjoyed basking in the warm weather and had done his best to keep a sunny temperament and outlook upon his return. He was determined to pretend that winter was not happening this year.
Naturally, Peter overslept on the Monday morning after his return. He had not paid any attention to the weather forecast the night before and went running out of the house barely noticing all the new snow that had arrived overnight.
When he got to the street he noticed too long rows of identical igloos parked on either side of the street. It looked like two tons of snow had fallen overnight completely covering all of the cars. He went to where he thought he had parked and started to scrape at the snow in order to free his car.
After about 15 minutes clearing the snow with just his gloves and a credit card, he finally cleared away much of the snow covering the windshield, front and side of the car. Unfortunately that car was not actually his car! His car was actually the next car over. Imagine his surprise when he pressed the remote and popped the locks on the adjacent vehicle.
Now late for work, he scraped away the bare minimum of snow that would enable him to see out the front and back windows and a teeny tiny bit to the left and right. He assumed that his windshield wipers, washers, and defroster would eventually clear the windows enough so that he could see properly – hopefully before he had an accident.
He was aware that any collision caused by his failure to clear his windows would be deemed to be his fault, but what he had not counted on was snow and ice sloughing off his roof and flying into the cars behind him. In fact, the snow and ice mixture that sailed into the windshield of the car behind him was heavy enough and hard enough to crack the safety glass.
Since he hadn’t really cleared his back window he was not aware of the incident until the police pulled him over. Not only was he responsible for the broken windshield he was also given a ticket for failing to fully clean the snow and ice from his vehicle.
Although the laws in different provinces across the country covering snow removal from vehicles vary, the only way to be sure that you won’t get a ticket or cause an accident is to remove all the snow before you go.