State law requires headlights be used in bad weather

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Wisconsin (WQOW) – On rainy and grey days, turn on your headlights, it is state law.

Rainy, foggy, and snowy weather are significant factors that require drivers to turn on their vehicle’s headlights. In 2016 Wisconsin State Legislature implemented the Headlight Visibility Law. The law states drivers must turn on their headlights when weather conditions limit visibility. Limited visibility means objects are not visible 500 feet from the vehicle.

Officer Bridget Coit with Eau Claire Police Department said turning on your headlights not only helps you see, but will also make you visible to other drivers.

“Even though I don’t think any of us are ready for snow it is important for us to remember that is going to be coming in the near future and when it’s snowing, your visibility is reduced for driving and for people to see you, so those headlamps need to be on,” Coit said.

Coit said even in the daylight it is essential to have your headlights on because it is always easier for drivers and others to see your car.

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford

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