Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New Headlight Safety Law

This past January the Legislature passed a new motor vehicle headlight bill, which was signed into law by then-Governor Patrick and went into effect today.  The new law is meant to increase road and traveler safety by requiring vehicles to become more visible.  The law will now require everyone to use their vehicle’s headlights 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.  Other requirements of the new law that require the use of headlights include:

·          Whenever weather conditions decrease visibility such as rain, snow, and fog; and

·         Whenever windshield wipers are necessary;

Failure to do so can result in a fine of $5, and a surchargeable violation on your insurance, which can raise your rates at your next renewal.  Please make it a habit to turn your headlights on whenever you turn on your windshield wipers to avoid costly penalties to your insurance.  You will be making the roads a safer place for you, your passengers, and the people around you.

To read more about the new law, please click here to visit the Massachusetts Department of Transportation blog.