Wisconsin bill requires headlight use in bad weather

| 2/28/2005

A practice that is second nature to most professional drivers and other motorists is under review in the Wisconsin Legislature.

Legislation in the Assembly Committee on Highway Safety would allow police to ticket drivers who fail to flip on their headlights when weather limits visibility.

The bill – AB98 – sponsored by Rep. John Ainsworth, R-Shawano, would require lights to be on “whenever climatic conditions limit visibility such that objects on the highway are not clearly discernible at 500 feet from the front of the vehicle.”

Fines would be up to $20 for the first offense and as much as $50 for the second and subsequent offenses within a year.

A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2.