A bill that would require all
vehicles in California to use their headlights during bad weather has been approved
by the state’s General Assembly.
Existing California law requires all vehicles to be equipped
with headlights and to use them in darkness, with the exception of motorcycles.
The bill, AB1854, introduced by Assemblyman Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, would
also require use during inclement weather, which the bill defines as “a weather condition rendering a driver's visibility
from a motor vehicle insufficient to clearly discern a person or another motor
vehicle on the highway at a distance of 1,000 feet.”
The bill was suggested by retired
high school teacher Mary Lou
Lyon of Cupertino, CA, who won a prize from Simitian’s office for the idea.
Simitian organizes a yearly contest in which citizens suggest bills that should
be passed by the Assembly.
The bill passed the Assembly 63-16
in May, and was approved by the Senate Aug. 16 by a vote of 23-8.
It has now been passed back to the
Assembly for enrollment, after which it will head to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
for his signature.