Senate votes to remove insurance surcharge from headlight law

Law remains in effect, with $5 ticket for violators

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has voted to join the House in softening the impact of the new state law that requires motorists to turn their headlights on whenever they are operating their windshield wipers.

Under a state budget amendment unanimously approved by senators on Tuesday, those who violate the law will not be subject to a surcharge on their auto insurance premiums.

The law itself would remain in effect and violators could still be ticketed with a $5 moving violation.

The measure was quietly approved in the final days of the previous legislative session. It requires drivers to turn on their headlights during daylight hours when it is raining or visibility is poor.

The law has not been widely enforced by police to date.


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