Clear that windshield

A Douglas County Sheriff's deputy sustained unspecified injuries recently after his patrol car was struck broadside while traveling on Long Valley Road.

According to the accident report, the other vehicle, driven by a 17-year-old Gardnerville woman failed to yield from a stop sign at the intersection of Patricia Drive and drove into the driver's side of the deputy's car.

The Nevada Highway Patrol conducted the investigation and found the 17-year-old driver at fault for the accident. The contributing factor in the accident was the failure of the girl to properly clear the snow and ice from her windshield. She had only cleared a small portion of the windshield directly in front of the steering wheel.

The obstructed windshield prevented her from seeing the approach of the deputy's car. The 17-year-old driver was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way and obstruction to driver's view.

The public is reminded to take the extra few moments to clear obstructions from their car windows before driving away. Clear visibility is essential to safe driving.


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