Massachusetts bills require headlight use

| 8/25/2005

A pair of bills in the Massachusetts General Court would mandate a practice that is second nature to most professional drivers and other motorists.

Legislation in the Joint Committee on Transportation would allow police to ticket drivers who fail to flip on their headlights during bad weather.

Current state law requires all vehicles to be equipped with headlights and to use them in darkness.

Sponsored by Republicans Elizabeth Poirier of North Attleboro and Viriato Manuel deMacedo of Plymouth, the bills would require lights to be on “whenever the windshield wipers of the vehicle are in use.”

Violators could be fined $5.

The bills are H1998 and H2002.