March 5, 2009
Headlight Use during Inclement Weather
EQUIPMENT OF VEHICLES,
Lights, Signals, Flashers, Reflectors and Flags, Section 266:31, Front Lights. - Every motor vehicle driven during the period from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise, and whenever rain, snow, or fog shall interfere with the proper view of the road so that persons and vehicles on the way are not clearly discernible at a distance of 1000 feet ahead, shall display at least 2 lighted lamps on the front; provided, however, that one suitable lighted lamp on the front of a motorcycle shall be sufficient. The headlamp shall throw sufficient light ahead within the travelled portion of the way to make clearly visible all vehicles, persons, or substantial objects within a distance of 200 feet, except that the headlamps of motorcycles shall be sufficient if they make clearly visible objects within a distance of 150 feet…
- The Division of State Police asks drivers to use their headlights during times of inclement weather so they may be seen by others and for greater safety for other drivers and pedestrians.
- The question may not be can you see but can others see you.
- This section of the law applies to daytime operation.