White out: Halifax police ticket driver with snow-covered car

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Published on January 21, 2016

A photo of the car and driver a Halifax Regional Police officer ticketd Jan. 20

©Halifax Regional Police

METRO HALIFAX - A driver in Halifax is facing a $180 fine for having their car – including a large part of the windshield – covered in the white stuff Jan. 20.

Halifax Regional Police posted a photo of the driver and their snow-covered car, which appears to be a black four-door sedan, on their Facebook page shortly before 4 p.m.

“Hard to find words for this one," the HRP Facebook post says. "The driver was on the way to the car wash to melt the snow… Needless to say, they received (a) $180 ticket."

The driver is covering their face in the photo, making it hard to determine whether the winter offender is male or female.

Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman Const. Dianne Woodworth didn't have details on this specific incident, but said the ticket was handed to the driver underSection 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act.

"It's for driving a motor vehicle with obstruction on window or windshield," she said. 

"It's not overly common," Woodworth said of this type of ticket. "But because this is happening more, (with) people posting pictures, they're definitely going to be looking for it."

The Facebook post had more than 150 likes, 50 shares and 40-plus comments in the first  40 minutes  after it was posted.

"Sometimes it takes the threat of a ticket to make people think about it, but that's the least of your worries; if you hurt somebody, that's the problem," Woodworth said.

"People should just clear their windows off," she said. "It's obviously a safety issue."