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Published October 16, 2013, 06:04 PM

Man jailed after not scraping windows and killing woman in crash

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Preparing for your drive to work this morning may have taken a little longer than expected. Mr. Frost made his first appearance.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Preparing for your drive to work this morning may have taken a little longer than expected.

Mr. Frost made his first appearance.

It's a sight we see each winter, drivers clearing only small holes to see.

One Minnesota man, who did just that, now has to spend the rest of his life reminded of the woman he killed.

Would you ever drive to work like this - It's pretty hard to see right?

Well this is exactly what drivers are doing when they don't take a few minutes to clear off their windows.

Anthony Chaput: "I'm never ready for winter."

Waking up this morning, if you parked inside you're lucky...

Chaput: “Going from 70's to switching to frost in less than a week.”

Frosty reminders covered windshields, telling us winter is coming quickly.

Ashley Ham: “It looked nice outside and then I got outside and it was actually pretty cold.”

This morning's thin layer was great prep for the clear coats of ice that can be a little tricky.

Ham: “Well first I tried the windshield wiper fluid.”

Come wintertime, scraping is often the last thing drivers want to do. That's why some people take the easy way out, and only scrape a little hole.

Chaput: “You see people with a tiny hole out the side where people are peering out of.”

But the problem comes when you can't see.

Chaput: “I think it's important to scrape the whole thing because if you only scrape a little hole it's a lot harder to see people coming.”

Ham: “My little brother didn't and he ran into a car.”

For one Minnesota man.... 21-year-old John Tofstad, it was much more serious. He drove in car covered with ice, and hit an 85-year-old woman who died that same day.

Tofstad was also still intoxicated from the night before.

Tofstad now has to spend that same weekend behind bars in Winona County for the next 10 years, all to honor the woman who died because his windshield was frozen over.

Chaput: “I'd rather be safe than sorry myself I guess.”

Sgt. Grabow tells me if you don't completely scrape off your vehicle, both the windshield and side windows, it is a misdemeanor violation, carrying a maximum fine of 300 dollars.

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