I got a ticket for hanging an air freshener on my rear -view mirror. Why?

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An officer can give you a ticket because you have dangling objects from the rear-view mirror of your car. This violation is called Windshield Obstruction and it is prohibited in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. These “objects” could be air fresheners, Mardi Gras beads or anything blocking your line of sight of the road. The penalty for Windshield Obstruction in Maryland may be up to $110 and 1 point (or more) if it leads to an accident. This traffic violation can be given to you only when an officer has detained you for another traffic violation.

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