Good Question: What's hanging from your rearview mirror?

July 29, 2019 08:33 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Many people like to hang items from their vehicle's rearview mirrors, but at what point are you breaking the law by doing so?

Dewayne Scott asked Pat Taney to look into it for this week's Good Question report.


Parking permit tags for those with disabilities state that you should not drive with the tag hanging from your rearview mirror, but what about other things like rosaries and air fresheners?

We asked Gates Police Officer Dan Perl about what is and is not allowed.

"Something that is ridiculously obstructing your view could get you pulled over," he said.

According to the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, anything big and bold that blocks your view is not allowed.

"Any time an object blocks a windshield, side view or rearview mirror. That includes parking permits for people with disabilities," New York State DMV spokesperson Lisa Koumjian said.

The problem is, the law does not specify how many inches a hanging item can or cannot be.

Perl says big and wide items similar to parking tags should be taken down when driving.

"I would say an item that hangs six or seven inches down and is a few inches wide could easily block a view of something," he said.

As for smaller items like rosaries or necklaces, you should be fine.

"There are so many things you see on mirrors from rosaries to air fresheners, we really wouldn't make a stop just for that," Perl said.

Tickets for driving with an obstructed view could cost you $150.

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