2011 Connecticut Code
Title 14 Motor Vehicles. Use of the Highway By Vehicles. Gasoline
Chapter 246 Motor Vehicles
Sec. 14-99f. Windshield. Obstruction of view.

      Sec. 14-99f. Windshield. Obstruction of view. (a) Each motor vehicle shall be equipped with a windshield of a type prescribed by section 14-100 and a windshield cleaner or wiper in effective working order located directly in front of the operator while in use on the highway. The windshield shall be reasonably free of defects and accumulations, inside and out, of snow, ice, condensation and dirt. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to a motorcycle or a vehicle designed by the manufacturer for nonhighway operation without a windshield.

      (b) No person shall operate a motor vehicle required to be equipped with such a windshield if the windshield is in a condition to interfere with an unobstructed view of the highway.

      (c) No article, device, sticker or ornament shall be attached or affixed to or hung on or in any motor vehicle in such a manner or location as to interfere with the operator's unobstructed view of the highway or to distract the attention of the operator.

      (d) Violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction.

      (P.A. 84-429, S. 36; P.A. 99-268, S. 4; P.A. 00-169, S. 22.)

      History: P.A. 99-268 amended Subsec. (a) to delete exemption for certain farm vehicles; P.A. 00-169 revised effective date of P.A. 99-268 but without affecting this section.

      See Sec. 14-99g re use of tinted or reflectorized windows and obstruction of view.

      See Sec. 14-100 re safety glass requirement.

      Cited. 30 CA 263.

      Subsec. (c):

      To constitute a violation of Subsec., there must be more than a hypothetical possibility that driver's vision would be obstructed or that driver would be distracted, and police officer did not articulate any reasonable belief that Subsec. was being violated. 297 C. 829.

      The hanging of an object from a rearview mirror is not a per se infraction under Subsec., and Subsec. requires proof of interference with an operator's unobstructed view or the operator's distraction. 111 CA 482.

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