With recent hail storms causing damage to numerous windshields in the southeast, some are wondering how much damage is too much to drive, and what constitutes a ticket under the Traffic Safety Act?

"If you've got a great big raspberry or smashed windshield that's making it tough for you to see, obviously that's different than if you have a small track running across a lower part of your windshield that doesn't obscure it," said Deputy Chief Brent VanDeSype with the Weyburn Police Service. 

He said either way, whether it's a ticket issued or a warning, it's up to the discretion of the officer who observes the windshield's condition.

Safety, of course, is they key in determining the course of action.

"That crack in the windshield, even as small as it is, could also make that windshield less safe, so it's one of those things that if your windshield needs attention, it's best to get it fixed."

VanDeSype reminded drivers that we do live in a rural area with gravel roads, making us more prone to windshield cracks than in urban centres.

SGI has some guidelines as to what constitutes windshield damage. Find more HERE.