Tickets issued for cracked windshield - 10/7/2010

"That's our luck!" driver Shane Burgin exclaimed as he spoke about the ticket he received in early September while driving on Bellaire Boulevard.  "I asked him why he pulled me over and he said it was because of the crack in my windshield," he explained.  An officer cited him for "obstructing drivers view windshield."  Shane opted to pay $224 dollars to replace the window and a $10 to fee to dismiss the ticket, rather than pay the $190 ticket fee.  Even though he paid the price, he says the ticket never should have been issued in the first place.  "It was a real tiny crack, not even eight inches from the top of the windshield," he explained. 

Shane also took a look at the books, and decided a cracked windshield may not be against the law after all.  "It says an object can't be placed on or attached to the windshield that obstructs the view, and I don't see how a crack can be placed on or attached," he told us.    

In fact, a cracked windshield is not an item for inspection on non-commercial vehicles, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.  The following information was taken from the Texas DPS website:

Will I fail my inspection if my windshield is cracked?
The windshield is NOT an item of inspection. However, the windshield wipers are. Be sure that the crack does not cause the wipers to tear and that the crack has not caused the windshield to become concave or convex so the wipers loose contact with the windshield.

We emailed the City of Southside Place for an explanation.  Police Chief Lonnie Bernhardt sent us this emailed response: 

"Windshields are not an item for inspection according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Therefore it is not a violation of the Texas Transportation Code."

Chief Bernhardt also explained that officers can still write a ticket, if they feel there's a safety issue. 

-Courtesy of Beat The Traffic


Eagle lives to fly again after hitting windshield - 3/4/2011

Bald Eagle Collides With Windshield

BEAR LAKE, Idaho — A bald eagle, which was nursed back to health after crashing through the windshield of a semi-truck, is now back in the wild.

Wiegle the "Window Eagle" has an incredible story of survival.

The young adult female bald eagle collided with a semi-truck that was traveling more than 60 miles per hour. According to the Teton Raptor Center, Wiegle was feeding on a dead deer, and she flew the wrong direction when she heard the semi approaching.

The eagle was still alive, and after the accident, she was taken on quite the journey for treatment.

First, the eagle was taken to Idaho Fish and Game in Pocatello. Next, Fish and Game contacted the Teton Raptor Center to arrange transport of the eagle to the center's rehabilitation clinic in Wilson, Wyoming. It was determined Wieble had pulmonary issues and internal bleeding, but miraculously had no broken bones.

Wieble spent about a month at the rehabilitation center. There, her abilities were evaluated and Wieble proved she was making progress when she flew, ate on her own, and was able to navigate and land. Several professionals agreed Wieble was ready to be released back into the wild.

“This return to the wild qualifies as the most remarkable among our success stories, we are very proud to play a role in giving this eagle a second chance at freedom,” said Teton Raptor Center's Executive Director Amy Brennan McCarthey.

Wiegle was set free in the beautiful area of Bear Lake, Idaho, where she came from.

-Courtesy of


Pilkington is now offering Prescription Windshields! - 4/1/2011

Bald Eagle Collides With Windshield

After working with Pilkington for months on our idea of offering customers a better way to see the road, they finally teamed up with Optometrist A.M. Skeffington, O.D.: "The Father of Behavioral Optometry" to complete our idea.

In the press release from this morning Skeffington stated, "I knew there were going to be difficulties coming into this project, our biggest was having to prescribe both pieces of glass used in a windshield. This 'problem' turned out to be the greatest benefit in this project. Now we have a way to create bifocals that work throughout the entire glass instead of the bottom portion. The distance prescription is in the outside portion of the windshield and the near prescription is in the inside portion of the windshield, allowing people to clearly see objects that are close by or far away."

Skeffington continues on to say, "Keeping curvature for the prescription below 2 dioptres and slanting the angle toward the driver's seat allows the passenger to see through the windshield with no change in focal length."

The announcement was made by Warren Knowlton, President, Pilkington Automotive Worldwide and CEO, North America, at a press release outside the company's Toledo office. The market for Prescription Windshields will open in May 2011. The very first order will be reserved for Pro Auto Glass of Sherman TX.




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