Headlights Now Required When It Rains
California drivers are now required by law to turn on their main headlights when they use their windshield wipers.
Monday, July 4, 2005
The new law was passed last year, but implementation was delayed until July first of this year. State Senator Joe Simitian of Palo Alto says having the law become effective in July will give motorists several months to get ready before the rainy season begins.
Simitian says the law he authored pushes safety, not punishment for drivers who don’t turn on their lights when it rains. "Typical traffic citation. A very modest fine. My hope is that the number of tickets is minimal and that the number of folks who turn on their lights on inclement weather is absolutely a hundred per cent."
The total fine for a first time violation will be 96 dollars.
Twenty-Eight other states already require headlight use if it’s raining.
California’s new law also requires headlight use during daylight hours if a highway driver cannot clearly see a person or vehicle one thousand feet away.