Turn your Headlights on!

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Turn your Headlights on!

Yes, it’s true.  As a Massachusetts driver you must now turn your headlights on when your windshield wipers are in use.  Additionally, your headlights should be used 30 minutes after Sunset to 30 minutes before the Sunrise and when visibility is less than 500 feet.  If you receive a ticket for failing to comply with the new law, the violation carries a nominal fee.  Perhaps more importantly this is considered a surchargeable violation, which may result in increased premiums for our policyholders at the time of renewal.  Here is the language that was passed.  Enjoy,

“Section 15 of chapter 85 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:— A vehicle, whether stationary or in motion, on a public way, shall have attached to it headlights and taillights which shall be turned on by the vehicle operator and so displayed as to be visible from the front and rear during the period of 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise; provided, however, that such headlights and taillights shall be turned on by the vehicle operator at all other times when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, visibility is reduced such that persons or vehicles on the roadway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 500 feet or when the vehicle’s windshield wipers are needed; provided further, that this section shall not apply to a vehicle which is designed to be propelled by hand; and provided further, that a vehicle carrying hay or straw for the purpose of transporting persons on a hayride shall display only electrically operated lights which shall be 2 flashing amber lights to the front and 2 flashing red lights to the rear, each of which shall be at least 6 inches in diameter and mounted 6 feet from the ground.  Approved, January 7, 2015.”

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2014/Chapter481