Massachusetts law will now require drivers to turn on their headlights and taillights whenever they use their windshield wipers. The new law goes into effect on April 7, 2015.
The law also states that headlights and taillights must be turned on whenever a driver’s visibility is reduced to 500 feet due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, such as snow, rain or fog. Headlights and taillights are still required to be turned on half an hour before sunrise and half an hour after sunset.
Motorists driving in Massachusetts who fail to comply with the new law will be fined a small fee.
More concerning is the fact that noncompliance with the law is considered a minor surchargeable traffic law violation. This means that your auto insurance premiums will increase as a result of a ticketed violation.
In order to avoid an insurance surcharge, make it a habit to turn on your headlights and taillights whenever you use your windshield wipers, even if it is just a light drizzle in the sunshine.
If you have questions or concerns, contact McGrath Insurance Group at 800-342-3859 or www.mcgrathinsurance.com.
*This article is written for informational purposes only and should not be construed as providing legal advice.