Frosted windows lead to crash with police officer

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 18, 2019

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ROSEVILLE — A Roseville police officer was briefly hospitalized after a crash Nov. 16.

According to the Roseville Police Department, the incident took place at about 7:30 a.m. on eastbound 13 Mile Road, near Calahan Road. They said the officer was driving east on 13 Mile Road when a second vehicle, driven by a Fraser man, was attempting to enter traffic. Police said the second driver had not properly defrosted his windows, which investigators believe directly led to the crash.

The Roseville officer was evaluated at a local hospital before he was released shortly afterward. He returned to duty the following week. 

Roseville Police Department officials said that they wanted to remind all motorists that it is against Michigan state law to drive with obstructed vision, which includes frost and snow-covered windows.

“The other driver wasn’t arrested; he was just issued a citation for the incident. Even if an officer was involved, it was still just a collision, so it was no more than a citable offense. He wasn’t drunk, drugs weren’t involved, he just didn’t clean his windows off,” Roseville Police Chief Ryan Monroe said. “It’s against the law to drive with obstructed vision. You need to defrost or scrape off your windows or defrost them; that’s just a matter of common sense.”