Speeding, running a red light or stop sign, and following too closely are all things that can get you a ticket while driving but what about driving with a cracked windshield?
Can You Get a Ticket for a Cracked Windshield?
This may come as a surprise to many drivers, but yes, you can be pulled over and ticketed for having a cracked windshield. An officer can also determine that your vehicle’s cracked windshield is too severe for driving on the road. Florida Statute 316.610 states:
“It is a violation of this chapter for any person to drive or move, or for the owner or his or her duly authorized representative to cause or knowingly permit to be driven or moved, on any highway any vehicle or combination of vehicles which is in such unsafe condition as to endanger any person or property, or which does not contain those parts or is not at all times equipped with such lamps and other equipment in proper condition and adjustment as required in this chapter, or which is equipped in any manner in violation of this chapter, or for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required under this chapter.”
This statute does not specifically describe a cracked windshield as an unsafe condition, but a cracked windshield can present a potentially dangerous situation for the driver, their passengers, and others on the roadway, should the windshield completely shatter, or even just obstruct the driver’s view. Because it can pose as a potentially dangerous condition of your car, a law enforcement officer can, at their own discretion, pull you over and ticket you. They may also require that your car be towed and not driven any further.
What Happens if I Get a Ticket for a Cracked Windshield?
Typically, you will have to pay the ticket or show proof that the windshield has been repaired or replaced within 30 days. If the officer deems your vehicle unsafe for further driving, you will be responsible for having the car towed, in addition to the ticket.
How Much Does it Cost to Replace or Repair my Windshield?
If you have Comprehensive coverage as a part of your Auto insurance plan, you are in luck! Your Comprehensive coverage includes covering the cost of windshield repair or replacement, and, in the State of Florida, without having to pay anything out of pocket. That’s right – zero cost windshield repair; however, the catch is that you must have this optional coverage to benefit from this.
If you did not opt for Comprehensive coverage, then you will be responsible for the cost of having the windshield replaced or repaired. As with any vehicle repair, shop around and get multiple estimates so that you end up with the best deal. Just don’t skip on quality – your windshield is a very important part of your vehicle’s safety.