State Police to give drivers time to adjust to new ‘Light Law’
It might be raining, but it won’t be raining tickets.
That’s the word from the State Police, who say they won’t be cracking down too hard Tuesday as a new state law requiring motorists to keep their headlights on when operating their windshield wipers takes effect.
State Police spokesman David Procopio said “absent any aggravating circumstances,” officers would likely give the public the benefit of the doubt as people drive home through the inclement weather, and initially issue warnings prior to writing citations for violations of the state’s new “Light Law.”
“We will use discretion and judgment. We understand that the public is going to need some time to become aware of the law,” Procopio said in an e-mail.
The new mandate, which was passed in January, says headlights must be in use when visibility is reduced to less than 500 feet in certain weather conditions or in low light. Headlights must also be on when a car’s windshield wipers are running.