Texas Reduce Driver's Clear View Law (1 Viewer)

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I just got a radar detector (Escort Max360), and I researched so long to make sure it was the perfect one for me. I am in Texas, and I still get nervous when I have my radar detector on my windshield. It detected KA band (and I did see 2 cops at a gas station). One of them turned around after my KA band went off and started to follow me down the road. I got nervous and unplugged and unmounted my radar detector. Later, I did some research and found out that Texas has something like a "Window Obstruction" law that says something like nothing can be affixed to the windshield that obstructs the driver's view such as tint ... etc. My radar detector sits in the middle of my windshield. My windshield has a very steep slope, so if it rests on the dash, it is blocked by the front windshield wipers, and I have a dashcam behind my rearview mirror, so I also don't want to position it higher. It is a hefty radar detector (Escort Max is one of the largest ones)

I am just wondering if anyone can shed some light on this law in Texas. I feel that if I get pulled over, they will see that it's in the middle of my windshield and give me a ticket for the "obstruction" or whatever, even though tons of people drive with their phones mounted for GPS, but whatever... any advice??
 

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I have a very steep windshield as well and position my detector right beside the mirror. Cops can’t see it where it is unless they’re shown it. Also it is respectful to remove the detector if you’re getting pulled. Cops have more to worry about than windshield obstruction unless you give them a reason to cite you for it, such as a bad attitude.
 

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I just got a radar detector (Escort Max360), and I researched so long to make sure it was the perfect one for me. I am in Texas, and I still get nervous when I have my radar detector on my windshield. It detected KA band (and I did see 2 cops at a gas station). One of them turned around after my KA band went off and started to follow me down the road. I got nervous and unplugged and unmounted my radar detector. Later, I did some research and found out that Texas has something like a "Window Obstruction" law that says something like nothing can be affixed to the windshield that obstructs the driver's view such as tint ... etc. My radar detector sits in the middle of my windshield. My windshield has a very steep slope, so if it rests on the dash, it is blocked by the front windshield wipers, and I have a dashcam behind my rearview mirror, so I also don't want to position it higher. It is a hefty radar detector (Escort Max is one of the largest ones)

I am just wondering if anyone can shed some light on this law in Texas. I feel that if I get pulled over, they will see that it's in the middle of my windshield and give me a ticket for the "obstruction" or whatever, even though tons of people drive with their phones mounted for GPS, but whatever... any advice??
It’s legal in Texas to have devices mounted on your windshield as long as it’s not mounted in your direct line of sight. Majority of the time you’ll be looking forward while driving, so if you’re constantly looking around your detector to see the road in front of you, then obviously it needs to be moved. That’s probably not your case, but that would be considered direct line of sight in my book. I live in a state where this is also the case and have been running a windshield mounted detector for 16+ years without issue. This includes running it from above my rear view mirror all the way down to my dash, as well as being pulled over with it mounted smack dab in the middle of the windshield and the LEO said nothing.
 

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The windshield can have a strip of tint that covers from the top down to the "AS-1" line. I think the limit is 5" down from top if the windshield doesn't have the "AS-1" line. My R3 hides behind my tint strip.
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It's actually from the top of the windshield down to the "AS-1" line or 5"....whichever is longer.
 
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" it is respectful to remove the detector if you’re getting pulled "

- You have to be careful with this. Last thing you want is the LEO seeing you messing around trying to hide something.
 

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They mostly enforce that law if they suspect one to be in possession of drugs.
 

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