Dream Catcher or Air Freshener: What Hangs From Your Rearview Mirror?

By Kristin Varela  on May 23, 2012

I've never been one of those people who dangle items from their rearview mirrors. While the law differs from state to state, in Colorado, where I live, having an item dangle from your rearview mirror can be considered an "obstruction of the driver's required view," according to a local police sergeant. It can be grounds for being pulled over and getting a ticket.

I've never felt the urge to assert my individuality from my rearview mirror, but the threat of a fine is added incentive to keep the view out my windshield free and clear.

In my state, it seems the majority of drivers is unaware of this law, which also pertains to mounting a navigation system on your dash or even having a broken or cracked windshield or front side windows. I've been keeping track of the items I've seen hanging from rearview mirrors over the past few weeks and have come up with an eccentric list:
  • Hello Kitty figurine
  • Crocheted heart
  • Cross and prayer beads
  • Mini disco ball
  • Handcuffs (regular metal variety as well as the pink, fuzzy kind)
  • Mexican flag
  • Graduation tassels
  • Bridal garter
  • Dream catcher
  • Crystals
  • Fuzzy dice
  • Work ID
  • Glow-stick jewelry
  • Cardboard air freshener
  • Baby shoe
  • Plastic football helmet

What do you have hanging from your rearview mirror (or from your "friend's" rearview mirror if you prefer not to publicly announce that you're breaking the law ... breaking the law)? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Senior Family Editor Kristin Varela blends work and family life by driving her three tween-teen girls every which way in test cars.  Email Kristin