Is It Legal To Drive With A Cracked Windshield?

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

One week ago Kelsey Simmons’ car got damaged in the storm.

“I was hiding in the middle trying not to get hit by glass,” Simmons said.

The storm that tore though left many people like Simmons with cracked windshields and broken windows.

“It's been nuts,” Jim Champion said.

Just a week after the storm and Charlie Graham's lot is full damaged cars.

“That's probably gonna take a couple of weeks for a shop, per car to get it done. So know everybody is getting backed up,” Champion said.

Which is why some are forced to drive around town with a cracked windshield.

“It's the biggest hail I've seen in the 28 years I've been here,” Champion said.

But with such a back up in service: is it legal to drive a car like this?

“The only window that you actually have to have on your car is a windshield,” Cit Prosecutor Marty Conboy said.

In other words, if your window is cracked, but not broken, it's legal. But that doesn't make it safe.

“Big spider webs in front of your face, where really you’re looking through a fish eye at that point. That's dangerous,” Conboy said.

Conboy says there is no law to enforce the safety concern.

“There needs to be some standard for these windshields. Cracks on the windshield may not be important as the fact that it reaches a point where vision is obstructed,” Conboy said.

Back at Charlie Graham:

“All the way down from here to here is just completely destroyed,” Champion said.

They'll be busy for weeks and hope drivers don't risk safety to save money.

In Iowa, the laws are a little more specific, which means depending on where the crack is and how bad it is, you could get ticketed.

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