Headlight law revision goes to Senate for vote

The change will only go into effect if approved by the Senate next month

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Lawmakers at the State House have voted to soften the impact of the “Wipers On, Headlights On” law that took effect this month.

The law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they’re using their windshield wipers, and if you’re ticketed, it’s a $5 fine.

The State House voted unanimously to amend the law on Monday, by no longer making drivers subject to a potentially costly surcharge on their auto insurance premiums. The “Wipers On, Headlights On” law would no longer be considered a moving violation, which is why it currently carries the possibility of increasing your insurance premium.

Louis Rosa of Springfield said, “It’s not a big deal unless it’s necessary. Unless it’s really snowing, or raining or stuff like that. It’s really no big deal, I mean five bucks. I mean, the economy is bad, people need every dollar they can get.”

The change will only go into effect if approved by the Senate next month. The revision to the headlight law would be applied retroactively to April 7th of this year.

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