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What to do with my headlights

Do you know when to turn on your headlights? It is apparent that quite a few of you don’t.

The laws of Pennsylvania are as stated in Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, Chapter 43, Section 4302.

The operator of a vehicle upon a highway shall display the lighted headlamps and other lamps and illuminating devices … subject to exceptions with respect to parked vehicles, at the following times:

(1) Between sunset and sunrise.

(2) Any time when the operator cannot discern a person or vehicle upon the highway from a distance of 1,000 feet due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, including rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog, smoke or smog.

(3) Any time when the vehicle’s windshield wipers are in continuous or intermittent use due to precipitation or atmospheric moisture, including rain, snow, sleet or mist.

Basically it says that you need to turn those lights on any time after sunset to sunrise. This time of year that is around 7:30 p.m. to about 5:30 a.m.

When you can’t see anything from a distance of 1,000 feet due to bad weather or insufficient light. Or anytime that you turn on those windshield wipers.

Coming from Lewisburg this afternoon, there were at least 30 cars that were southbound with no lights on while the rain was rather heavy. If the rain or snow is coming down at a good pace, if you don’t have your headlights on, you cannot be seen in a vehicle’s rear-view mirror.

So the next time you have a question as to whether to turn your headlights on, just do it. Be on the safe side.

Shirley Galligher

Williamsport

Submitted via Virtual Newsroom

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