Put Fines in the Rearview Mirror

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), American Automobile Association (AAA) and Police departments are speaking up about their concerns with masks hanging from the rear view mirror. The importance of having full visibility while driving has resulted in laws and fines across the US and Canada.  

“Having a clear field of vision is extremely important to your safety when on the road,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster.  “Items such as masks, air fresheners, parking placards or anything else that reduces your ability to see things around you is a safety hazard and could increase your risk for a crash.”

Many Canadian traffic acts also cite the same concerns.  R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 73 (1) of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act covers obstruction of views by signs or objects. This traffic act states that "No person shall drive a motor vehicle upon a highway, with any sign, poster or other non-transparent material or object placed on the windshield or on any window of such motor vehicle; or with any object placed in, hung on or attached to the motor vehicle, in a manner that will obstruct the driver’s view of the highway or any intersecting highway" 

Other provinces and states are also making such statements.  British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act, section 195 - requirements for a moving vehicle states that 'A person must not cause a vehicle to move on a highway if the view of the driver to the front or sides of the vehicle is obstructed'.

Quebec Highway Safety Code covers a number of distracted driving rules and regulations.  Section 442 states " No person may drive a road vehicle or ride a bicycle if a passenger, an animal or an object is so placed as to obstruct the driver’s view or to interfere with the proper handling of the vehicle" (1986, c. 91, s. 4422018, c. 7s. 116). Section 509 goes further and states "very person who contravenes section 442 is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of $100 to $200. 

With these laws, it is important to find solutions that prevent your mask dangling from the rear view mirror, and obstructing your view. Check below to see information about your states or provinces. 

Canada

Ontario

Quebec

British Columbia

United States 

Illinois

Pittsburgh

Texas

Massachusetts

Maine

New Hampshire

Missouri

New York

Pennsylvania 

Alabama

Unlike other mask car holders that hang loose, MaskUp car mask holders secure your mask unobtrusively under your visor, ensuring full visibility while driving.


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