A practice that is second nature to most professional truck
drivers and other motorists has gained approval in the Wisconsin Assembly.
Assembly lawmakers voted 94-4 to advance a bill that would
allow police to ticket drivers who fail to flip on their headlights when
weather limits visibility.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. John Ainsworth, R-Shawano, would
require lights to be on whenever visibility is limited. The bill defines that
as “any time that climatic conditions limit visibility such that objects on a
highway are not clearly discernible at 500 feet from the front of a 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.
AB98 has been sent to the Senate further consideration.