New California law requires headlights during bad weather

| 10/18/2004

All vehicles in California are now required to use their headlights during bad weather.

AB1854, a bill introduced by Assemblyman Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, has been signed into law. The new law requires use of headlights 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.”

Existing California law requires all vehicles to be equipped with headlights and to use them in darkness, with the exception of motorcycles.

The bill was suggested by 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 they would like enacted.