Traffic Advisory : Turn on Your Headlights

As rainy weather continues to plague the area, a reminder to motorists that during times of inclement weather or when windshield wipers are used in a continuous or intermittent manner, the head lights must be illuminated on your vehicle. 

Daytime running lights, popular on GM vehicles do NOT meet the requirement of this section.   Also, a combination of parking lights and fog lights/driving lights do not meet the requirement of this section.  The headlights must be in the low beam position so that all required lighting (tail lamps, side marker lights etc) are illuminated.

Section 4302 of the PA Vehicle Code states;
§ 4302. Periods for requiring lighted lamps.
(a) General rule.–The operator of a vehicle upon a highway shall display the lighted head lamps and other lamps and illuminating devices required under this chapter for different classes of vehicles, subject to exceptions with respect to parked vehicles, at the following times:
(1) Between sunset and sunrise.
(2) Any time when the operator cannot discern a person or vehicle upon the highway from a distance of 1,000 feet due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, including rain, snow, sleet, hail, fog, smoke or smog.
(3) Any time when the vehicle’s windshield wipers are in continuous or intermittent use due to precipitation or atmospheric moisture, including rain, snow, sleet or mist.
(b) Signal lights.–Stop lights, turn signals and other signaling devices shall be lighted as prescribed in this title.

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