Police give drivers a frosty reception

21:05, Aug 13 2014
Frosty windscreen - driver fined
ILLEGAL: This driver was stopped driving 100km/h on the Christchurch's Northern Motorway.

Done a poor job scratching the frost off your car windscreen before driving?

It may cost you $150.

Police are targeting morning drivers, whose car windows are still covered in ice, after finding motorists driving with only a small gap to see through.

Leaving a window like this, or "portholing" as it is known, is not only illegal, but downright dangerous.
CLEAR THE WHOLE OF EVERY WINDOW: Leaving it like this, or "portholing" as it is known, is not only illegal, but downright dangerous.

The most recent was a motorist stopped and ticketed in Hororata.

The woman, who was in her mid-30s, told police she had not bothered clearing her windscreen as she did not have far to go on the -3 degrees Celsius morning last month. She was given a $150 infringement fee for the "obscured window" offence.

Senior Sergeant Phil Newton, of Canterbury road policing, said yesterday's "extremely frosty" morning showed how poor the visibility could get. Running late was no excuse and no warnings would be given.

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"We have been seeing people driving without cleaning their windscreen and almost doing acrobatics leaning out the window to get visibility. It's stupidity.

"Stop and clean it off."

Last winter featured the worst case of driving with a frosted window Newton had seen.

Police stopped a man driving 100kmh on the Christchurch Northern Motorway with only 2cm-wide scrape marks to see out of.

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