A bill that would mandate a practice that is second nature to
many professional truckers and other motorists is halfway through the Indiana
The House voted 51-42 to approve a measure that would allow
police to ticket drivers who fail to flip on their headlights when
precipitation is flying. Its next stop is the state Senate.
"It is simply a requirement that promotes safe driving,"
Rep. Bill Friend, R-Macy, said in a written statement.
Friend's bill would require lights to be on whenever
visibility is limited. The measure defines that as any time "when due to
insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles
on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 500 feet ahead."
The bill would make it a secondary offense to drive without
lights on during weather - meaning a person would have to be pulled over for
another violation, such as speeding, before they could be ticketed for talking
on the phone.
Violators would face up to $25 fines. Offenses wouldn't
count against driving records or insurance rates.
The bill - HB1269 - is in the Senate Corrections, Criminal
and Civil Matters Committee.