The Kentucky House unanimously approved a bill that is
intended to aid truckers during times of poor visibility. It has been forwarded
to the Senate for consideration.
Kentucky law requires drivers to flip on their headlights
during conditions that make visibility low or lower than normal. Drivers also
are required to have their headlights on from one-half hour past sunset to
one-half hour before sunrise.
Sponsored by Rep. Ted "Teddy" Edmonds, D-Jackson, the bill
would require all vehicles in the state to have their headlights on during
periods of fog, smoke or precipitation. Truckers and other drivers would have
to use their lights "during periods when rain, mist, snow or other
precipitation necessitates the use of windshield wipers," Edmonds wrote.
Edmonds said the bill would be the most benefit for
"This bill is really for the truckers. They asked me to pass
this because when cars pass them on the right sides, the spray from their
vehicle makes it nearly impossible to see them during rain," Edmonds told the Daily News in Bowling Green, KY.
Edmonds said the bill would help truckers much more than drivers
in passenger vehicles "but it could save the life of the passenger vehicle
driver or the passengers in their car. This bill is simply for road safety."
The bill - HB89 - is in the Senate Transportation Committee.