Canberra driver fined $603 after 'unbelievable' act before crash

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A Canberra driver has been slapped with a $603 fine after crashing into a fire truck while driving with a frozen windscreen.

Alarming photos shared by ACT Policing show the extensive damage to the 29-year-old's Hyundai Accent following the collision in Isabella Plains on Friday morning.

Images clearly shows severely-reduced vision through the frozen windscreen.

The fire truck was stationary at the time and crew who were placing cones at the time were uninjured.

The driver struggled to see out of his windscreen due to the ice. Source: ACT Policing
The driver struggled to see out of his windscreen due to the ice. Source: ACT Policing

The truck's blue and red emergency lights were flashing at the time of the crash.

"The driver of the white Hyundai Accent had not cleared the early-morning ice from his windscreen, and will be fined $205 for driving his motor vehicle without a clear view and $398 for negligent driving," ACT Police said in a statement.

ACT Policing said it was lucky there were no fatalities from the crash.

The driver crashed into a stationary fire truck. Source: ACT Policing
The driver crashed into a stationary fire truck. Source: ACT Policing

"ACT Policing would like to remind the community that free ice scrapers are currently available from all police stations," it said.

Police shared images of the crash on Facebook, triggering a wave of disbelief from users.

"Unbelievable... some people!" one person wrote.

Drivers in NSW earlier this year were shocked to discover they can be slapped with a $114 fine if they don't have liquid in their windshield washer – a rule implemented to ensure visibility at all times.

In May another ACT driver was hit with a hefty $598 fine after travelling with an unsecured mattress on their roof.

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