It's one of the first things you're taught in driving school and you'll be surprised how many people disobey it.  Do you know those bright oval-shaped things on the front of all vehicles that are made of glass and wires? They're called headlights and I'm about to take you back to the basics of driving 101.

According to in Massachusetts, there are FOUR basic rules that are so simple to follow, yet there are people here on the Southcoast (and most likely everywhere) who simply just don't get it.

While driving down Route 6 in Dartmouth, it started downpouring, heavily. The time was around 6:00 PM and it was still light out despite the poor visibility from the rain. That's when I noticed several cars within the opposite oncoming traffic with their headlights out. For the sake of the rain just starting, I assumed that eventually, they would realize that for their own and everyone else's safety, that they would turn on their lights, but I was dead wrong.

The time is now 20 min after the rain started falling and several cars passed by like a blur in the storm, clueless and a danger to surrounding traffic. Aggravated and dumbfounded, I decided to look up the actual laws and road rules for when you're supposed to turn your headlights on and sure as heck, I was right. Massachusett's Safety Laws state the following:

  • 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.
  • When adverse weather conditions make it difficult to see, including rain, snow, and fog.
  • Whenever you must use your windshield wipers.
  • When you can't clearly see other people and vehicles in front of you.

Despite that first rule, I'm pretty sure numbers two through four apply in this situation. Don't get me wrong, if it was one vehicle, I wouldn't be here right now enforcing the law... but several disobeying citizens got me sprung!

Please people, it's as simple as this... if it's raining, have the common courtesy to put your headlights on. This is nothing more than a Public Service Announcement to better the community, so don't take offense. Nobody wants to hear about or see an accident happen.

Shine bright, do what's right, use your headlights.


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