Texas bill requires headlight, windshield wiper use in bad weather

| 3/13/2003

A practice that most professional drivers and other motorists have followed for years during bad weather could become law in Texas if a bill under consideration in the state Legislature is approved.

State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, has filed legislation to require drivers to turn on their headlights and windshield wipers when driving in inclement weather.

Under SB204, the driver is required to make “use of the vehicle’s windshield wipers,” when facing “moisture, rain, snow or other obstructions caused by unfavorable atmospheric conditions,” Wentworth wrote.

Vehicles are also required to have “maintained” windshield wipers.