The Ohio State Highway Patrol released a new state law for motorists to have their headlights on when it is foggy, raining, snowing or when it is dark outside.
“In these atmospheric conditions that we’re having, I’d like to remind everybody to put those headlights on when they’re driving in the rain, the snow or the heavy atmospheric conditions we do have around the river,” said Lt. Joe Fetty.
The law has been in effect for several years, but Lt. Fetty said they have not pulled anyone over yet for violating the law, especially due to the dangers of pulling someone over in inclement weather.
“You know it’s kind of tough to get someone stopped safely in a snowstorm so I’d like to send out that reminder to keep those lights on when their windshield wipers are going as well,” said Fetty.
Several Ohio residents believe the headlight law is a good idea for a few reasons.
“To be cautious of all the other people out there who don’t pay attention,” said Steubenville resident Donald Rone.
“By having your headlights on, it keeps both yourself and the other drivers safe from having a collision,” said Cadiz resident George Campbell.
The law states headlights must be on from sunset to sunrise, at any time due to insufficient natural light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions when visibility is less than 1000 feet and at any time when the windshield wipers are in use.
Depending on the court, offenders could be charged with a misdemeanor equipment violation and be fined $115-135.