Colorado Windshield Repair Replace Law

How long can I drive with a broken or cracked windshield?

When our car’s windshield suffers a crack or a break, we get super annoyed and frustrated. Getting a windshield repaired or replaced usually means extra time and money that no one really has or wants to spend.

In Denver, CO, the main culprits of cracked windshields are hailstones, small rocks, and other miscellaneous debris.

As much as it can be tempting to put off the windshield repair, especially if the crack is not particularly large, are you actually breaking the law?

In this weeks article, we will touch on your LEGAL responsibility for getting your windshield repaired or replaced in the state of Colorado.

Colorado Windshield Requirements

Colorado law requires that vehicles must have the following basic functioning equipment to be road safe:

Violating these windshield laws carries fines of up to $100 dollars and is considered a class B traffic infraction.

Colorado Broken Windshield Protocol

Traffic enforcement as it relates to cracked windshields is very subjective. In other words, it is really up to the traffic enforcement officer that takes notice.

Officially, Colorado does not have a specific law that targets cracked windshields.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Even though there are no Colorado state laws regarding cracked windshields, motorists are required to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules.

  • Colorado Windshield Laws

    Colorado Windshield Condition Safety Area

    The area of concern is the part of the windshield that is most prominent in the driver’s field of view. This area does not include a 2-inch border at the top, a 1-inch border at each side of the windshield or windshield panel and the area below the top of the steering wheel.

  • Windshield chips that are no wider than 3/4″ are acceptable provided it is not closer than 3 inches to any other crack or damaged area.
  • Any crack that is intersected by another crack allows a DOT officer to place the vehicle OOS (Out of Service).

In conclusion, if your windshield is cracked, chipped or discolored within the wiper sweep area, you must get it repaired or replaced.


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