Texas Senate OKs bad weather headlights bill

| 4/1/2003

A practice that is second nature to most professional drivers and other motorists is one step closer to becoming law in Texas.

The Texas Senate passed a bill March 27 that would require drivers to turn on their headlights when their windshield wipers are in use. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

SB204, filed by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, would make it a general misdemeanor to drive in rain, sleet or snow with the wipers on but headlights off. Violations could result in a fine of up to $200.

“Common sense would tell you to turn on your vehicle's headlights when it is raining, but not everyone uses common sense when driving,” he told The Dallas Morning News.

If the bill is signed into law, Texas would become the sixth state to require drivers to use headlights when unfavorable road conditions warrant use of windshield wipers.