VTL 1213(a) Driver’s View Obstructed Ticket

Written By: Benjamin Goldman, Esq.


Driving with the driver’s view obstructed is a violation of New York State law. This citation is typically issued when the ticketing officer feels that the accessory hanging from the car’s rear-view mirror is too large. The item is typically an air refresher, fuzzy dice, or amulet. The impression is that is a meaningless ticket and should just be paid. However, this is a moving violation, and two points will be added to your New York driving record if you plead guilty or are found guilty. The exact fine is up to the judge. The maximum is $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 received a citation charging this violation, it is suggested that you try to dispute it. This will allow you to avoid points on your abstract and allow you to avoid paying higher premiums for your car insurance. The attorneys at the Benjamin Goldman Law Office have litigated this type of charge on numerous occasions. We are typically able to get it reduced to a parking ticket or dismissed entirely. You can contact us to find out more. Consultations are free.