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Jeffery D. Bramer is certified as a criminal trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy


Traffic Violations

Cracked Windshields

Very few police officers know the law in Alabama concerning driving with a cracked windshield. They often stop vehicles that have very large cracks in the windshield citing the code section that deals with driving with an obstructed view. However the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals refutes this notion and clearly states that is not a violation. Here are some excerpts from the case:

” § 32-5-215. Windshields must be unobstructed; windshield wipers; tinting.

” (a) No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any sign, poster, or other nontransparent material upon the front windshield, side wings, or side or rear windows of such vehicle which obstructs the driver’s clear view of the highway or any intersecting highway.

” (b) The windshield on every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a device for cleaning rain, snow, or other moisture from the windshield, which device shall be so constructed as to be controlled or operated by the driver of the vehicle.

” (c) Every windshield wiper upon a motor vehicle shall be maintained in good working order.

” (d) No person shall operate a motor vehicle which has a windshield, side wing, or rear window Continue reading