CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Tuesday’s rain made it the right kind of day for the first day of Massachusetts new “wipers on, headlights on” law.
The new state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights and tail-lights whenever their windshield wipers are needed. That would be your full headlights, not just your daytime running lights which are not considered bright enough. The purpose is to make cars more visible in poor weather conditions.
“I do it anyway,” Chicopee resident Natasha Hinksom told 22News. “As soon as I turn on the windshield wipers, I turn on the headlights… I don’t see any problems with it, and I think people realize it actually makes you more visible, and it’s a safer, defensive way to drive.”
While the fine for violating the wipers/headlights law is only five dollars, it’s a surchargable offense, which means insurance surcharges could increase your premiums for years.