“Anything hanging from the rear-view mirror or anything placed on the windshield could restrict the driver's view… things people use tend to vary from air fresheners and dice hanging from the mirror to fans, large sat-navs and even using the navigation on an electronic device.
Obstructed view violations are one of the lesser known, yet most annoying and frustrating violations that a driver can experience. Drivers with a restricted view can feel unsafe in their own car. If you’ve ever driven a car before, you know what it's like when something interferes with your ability to see clearly through the windshield and read road signs. You might describe it as “gross” or “distracting.” But have you ever heard of an obstructed view violation? Probably not because these violations are so obscure and specific that they are hardly ever enforced by law enforcement agencies. With that said, if you would like to avoid getting one of these violations on your next drive, make sure to keep reading!
Police departments in the United States have issued warnings about potential dangers associated with hanging air fresheners from your car’s rear-view mirror or from any other part of the vehicle. These police department alerts are not a hoax. They are not an overreaction to one isolated incident. These cautions reflect real concern about potential dangers and a recognition that people often ignore obvious safety issues.