For the folks in VA, has anyone driven on the street with their windshield down?
If so, any interaction with police? How did it go?
Here is why I ask... the Code of Virginia, specifically 46.2-1057, states that any vehicle made after July 1, 1970, must have a windshield. However, nowhere in the Code (46.2 or otherwise) was I able to find reference to a specific size, shape, degree of angle while the vehicle is in use, the manner as to which the windshield shall be used, etc. Since the windshield would be equipped as required by 46.2-1057 and it would be being used as designed by the manufacturer, I don't see any reason for me to believe its not legal to drive with the windshield down.
§ 46.2-1057. Windshields.
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive on a highway in the Commonwealth any motor vehicle or reconstructed motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, registered in the Commonwealth, which was manufactured, assembled or reconstructed after July 1, 1970, unless the motor vehicle is equipped with a windshield.
I sent an email to the VASP, but don't know if I will be able to trust the response I get back. I can't tell you how many police officers and Troopers I know or have met that don't know or understand all of the laws. Honestly, I don't blame them either. The code is always changing and the printed code is huge. I don't expect anyone to remember all of that stuff. It would be unreasonable in my humble opinion. That said... I really don't feel like having a trial against the state to prove a point either.
I have not been able to find any case law about it. I was hoping someone around here already laid the groundwork.
Any real-world feedback would be much appreciated.