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Florida man cited for driving with SUV's hood blocking view

By Ben Hooper

May 23 (UPI) -- A traveler on a Florida highway captured video of a driver traveling at a high speed in an SUV with the windshield blocked by the vehicle's hood.

Rocky Walsh posted a video to YouTube showing the scene he witnessed when he was a passenger on Highway 50 in Clermont Thursday.

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"I saw him looking like an old lady, hovered up there, just looking through a small slit in the hood trying to make his way down Highway 50 for well over a mile, I saw him, when the police were after him," Walsh told WKMG-TV.

Walsh's video shows police officers attempting to get the driver's attention to make him pull over to the side of the highway.

Police said the driver told them his hood wouldn't close after a recent crash, so he has been driving around by looking through the gap at the top of the hood.

Clermont police said officers helped the man secure his hood and he was issued a citation for driving with an obstructed view.

Walsh said the incident was a good teaching moment for his 15-year-old daughter, who was behind the wheel while he filmed.

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"I was shocked and I told her earlier, 'you have to be prepared on the road, you never know what you'll see,' but I never thought that would be what we were seeing," Walsh said.

He said he hopes other young drivers learn a lesson or two from his video.

"I hope people learn some driver safety and you never know what you'll see and to just be prepared and if you have a problem with your car you should pull off to the side," Walsh said.

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