Bill requiring headlights to be on in bad weather advances in Wisconsin

| 2/15/2006

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.