VTL 1213(a) Driver’s View Obstructed Ticket

Written By: Benjamin Goldman, Esq.

Driving with an obstructed view is a violation of New York State traffic law. The obstruction can be a broken glass or an accessory hanging from the car’s rear-view mirror. The item is typically an air refresher, fuzzy dice, or amulet. Sometimes this ticket is issued as a "roadside reduction.”

The impression is that it is a meaningless ticket and should just be paid. However, this is a moving violation. If you plead guilty or are found guilty of the violation, you will have two points added to your New York driving record. The exact fine is up to the judge. The maximum for a first-time offense is $243 ($150 + $93 surcharge).

The exact wording of the statute is as follows:

Vehicle & Traffic Law 1213. Obstruction to driver’s view or driving mechanism. (a) No person shall drive a motor vehicle when it is so loaded, or when there are in the front seat such number of persons as to obstruct the view of the driver to the front or sides of the vehicle or as to interfere with the driver’s control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle. In no event shall there be more than three persons in the front seat of any vehicle, except where such seat has been constructed to accommodate more than three persons and there is eighteen inches of seating capacity for each passenger or occupant in said front seat.

If you receive a citation charging this violation, it is suggested that you try to dispute it. As the violation has points, it will appear on your driving record, and will likely impact your car insurance rates. Pleading Not Guilty will allow you to be able to avoid getting points on your record. The attorneys at the Benjamin Goldman Law Office have litigated this type of charge on numerous occasions. We are typically able to get the violation reduced to a parking ticket or dismissed entirely. You can contact us to find out more. Consultations are free.