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Man accused of driving snowy car with windscreen ‘porthole and zero visibility’

A motorist allegedly drove a car covered almost entirely in snow but was stopped by police, who said it was “miraculous” that no-one had been hurt as a result.

The man was charged with dangerous driving after maneuvering his red car with a tiny space cleared on the windscreen, setting off with snow blanketing almost his entire front and rear windscreens.

Inspector Greg Burns said it was “miraculous” that no-one had been injured as a result and officers “genuinely could not believe what they were seeing when they saw this car”.

Photos show the man had cleared a small window right in front of his face so he could see straight ahead, but otherwise he was completely blind to everything on the road.

Police said it was incomprehensible and the “most extreme lack of preparation we’ve ever seen” and the man had been driving with “practically zero-visibility” when he was eventually stopped.

The driver was stopped shortly before 10am on Thursday – yesterday – as the car was being driven on a road at the Dunsinane Industrial Estate in Dundee.

The driver has been charged with dangerous driving, and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Scathing social media users branded the man ‘brainless’ and ‘a muppet’.

One person said: “This driver must have been last in the queue when brains were handed out makes me wonder how some of them pass their driving tests.”

Another added: “I can barely believe that’s real, if it’s genuine, that clown should be never be anywhere near a road with a vehicle.”

Another comment said: “On first glance I though this was a joke. Absolute muppet.

“So glad no one was hurt. Should have the book thrown at them – possibly knock some sense into them.”

Tayside Roads Policing Unit’s Inspector Greg Burns said: “Our officers genuinely could not believe what they were seeing when they saw this car today.

“Yes, it’s an inconvenience having to clear your car of snow when there’s been significant snowfall, but it is an absolute necessity.

“This man has put himself and other road users and pedestrians at huge risk by driving the car in this condition.

“He had practically zero visibility forwards, and it is nothing short of miraculous that no-one was hurt.

“It is a driver’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle is safe to drive and is prepared adequately for the weather conditions being experienced, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that this is just about the most extreme example of lack of preparation that we’ve ever seen.

“Please – take the time to clear your car, and be safe.”

Meanwhile in Edinburgh, another driver was also charged with dangerous driving when police spotted their windscreen completely covered in ice.

Road Policing Scotland tweeted: “#LivingstonRP stopped this vehicle on Maybury Road this morning, whilst on enquiry in Edinburgh.

“A pedestrian or cyclist wouldn’t stand a chance of being seen. The driver has been cautioned and charged with Dangerous Driving and has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Driving in snowy conditions is hazardous at the best of times, and motorists are urged by police to be sure their wipers are working, that they have emergency supplies – including a blanket – and that they increase their following distance, to stay safe.

Satellite images taken by NAS this week showed rare cloud-free pictures of Scotland in the depths of winter, almost totally buried in snow.

Tuesday saw a 10-year low for the country as the mercury fell to minus 17.1C in the Scottish Highlands.

It was the coldest recorded temperature since January 2010, when it dropped to minus 22.3C.

More snow is expected this weekend, spreading east with some accumulations in places and icy stretches, bringing potential travel disruptions.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for “snow and ice” for much of Scotland on Saturday.

Not all areas will see snow, but forecasters have said 1-4 cm are possible widely, with 5-10 cm and perhaps up to 15 cm over high ground.