As Lee’s Summit endures the first blast of winter weather for the season officer’s of the Lee’s Summit Police Department Traffic section wish to remind drivers of the dangers of “peephole driving”. This term describes the driver who after finding their car covered in snow and ice only scrapes a small portion of the windshield before driving away. “Peephole driving” presents many dangers to the driver and other motorists sharing the road. This practice dramatically reduces the driver’s field of vision and increases their chances of becoming involved in a traffic crash.
In addition, not cleaning off excess ice from your vehicle may allow it to become dislodged and airborne striking other vehicles on the road. The practice is also defined as a violation of Lee’s Summit City ordinance, which states; “No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any sign, poster, snow, ice or other nontransparent material upon the front windshield, side wings or side or rear windows of such vehicle which materially obstructs, obscures or impairs the driver's clear view of the street or highway or any intersecting street or highway.” For the safety of everyone on the road each vehicle operator should take a little extra time to ensure their vehicle is clear of ice and snow just as they ensure they have gas in the tank and air in the tires.
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