Don’t limit your visibility by leaving ice on vehicle windows


It’s getting colder outside which means frosted and iced-over windows are back. As the hustle and bustle of a busy morning begins, we often walk out to our vehicle only to realize the majority of our car has become encased in frost or ice. We often see cars traveling down the roadway with little peep holes carved out of the frost, as the driver probably did not have the right tool or adequate time to make the vehicle safe. New Mexico Statute 66-3-846 prohibits the windshield and the windows to the driver’s immediate left and right from being obstructed. This law was enacted to ensure the safety of other motorists and pedestrians on the roadway.

What you can do to avoid a ticket or a crash:

  • Have an ice scraper or similar device at the ready
  • Allow yourself enough time to make your vehicle safe
  • Make sure to clear the entire windshield and the left/right windows of the driver’s seat

These simple steps will ensure your safety on the road and the safety of other drivers and pedestrians.