BANGOR, Maine (News Center)-- Police can tweet about it, strongly suggest to do it, but they can't enforce it. We're talking about cleaning the snow off the roof of your car. But when does something that isn't a law become a safety problem?
Leaving your car covered in snow: almost all of us have been guilty of it at some point. We don't always leave the time to do it during our morning rush after a snow storm. Clearing only a small portion of the windshield before driving.
Driver Dan Turner says, "Seen it a couple times, like the driver side window cleared off, not the passenger side. In a rush to get to work or something."
It's called "peep hole driving," clearing only enough snow to see out of a portion of the windshield, and it's illegal in the state of Maine. Still, driver's do it to save themselves time. A risk that people like Herbert Jordan don't let get in the way.
"I clean it off. All of it. The windows, everything," Jordan says.
Jordan knows that letting snow obstruct a driver's vision is a dangerous risk. He almost paid the price for another driver's mistake after he says she did clean her windows from snow before hitting the road.
"She cut right in front of me to get into a parking space on the right hand lane," he says. "And she [doesn't even] know how close she [came] to getting t-boned.
But even when drivers do take the time to clean the windows, they often skip the roof. This morning Paul Edwards of the Bangor Police Department watched an accident almost happen right outside his office window because of that exact reason.
"A woman had apparently braked a little early. Snow from the roof fell onto the windshield, blocked her view, and stopped her immediately in the middle of traffic," Edwards says.
Even though Edwards has seen the danger caused by leaving snow on a car roof, it's not illegal for it to be there.
In states like New Jersey and Massachusetts, snow on the roof can be a two hundred dollar fine. But here in Maine, snow on your car isn't considered a problem- until it's on the window.
It's a problem even though it isn't enforced by police, but it's still a road hazard. Police strongly suggest that motorists not take the risk.
"It's very dangerous to not clean off the roofs of our cars," Edwards says.