Kentucky House approves headlight bill

| 3/1/2007

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 truckers.

"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.