Turn on the lights

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Headlights, tail lamps should be checked for safety

By Ray Johnson

We are at the time of year when time will be changing again before long. Daylight seems to be coming later, which means operators of vehicles need to use their lights when going to work and to school in the mornings. Vehicles with their headlights on are more visible than vehicles operating without headlights.

KRS 189.030 - Time when lights must be on: 1.) Lights, when required on a vehicle shall be illuminated during the period from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise, and at such times as atmospheric conditions render visibility low as or lower than is ordinarily the case during that period. Provisions as to distances that lights must be visible refer to visibility under ordinary atmospheric conditions.

Every motor vehicle other than a motorcycle shall be equipped with at least two head lamps, one on each side of the front of the vehicle.

This brings me to my point - which is vehicles driving down the road with a headlight out. Everyone needs to check the lights on their vehicles. With Halloween approaching, people need to be aware if their lights are working or not. Someone from a distance could mistake a vehicle with one headlight as a motorcycle and cross a street and get struck by that vehicle because they were not aware that the one-light vehicle was a car or truck. It is possible to operate a motor vehicle and not be aware that you have a headlight out. That is why everyone needs to look, check and replace the light if it is out.

When it is raining or when it is cloudy, use your headlights. A person who uses their headlights in different situations when weather conditions are poor, is a person who has sense and is wanting to be visible to the motoring public and is a safety conscious driver.

KRS 189.050-00220 No Tail Lamps - All vehicles shall display at the rear, one red light visible when lighted for a least 500 feet.

Tail lamps on vehicles is another concern. Drivers need to be aware of the lights on the rear of their vehicles as well. There are, at times, vehicles on the road that have no tail lamps. And again, it is possible that the driver is not aware that their lights are out. This could be dangerous because another vehicle traveling down the road could come right up on you and run into you because your vehicle had no tail lamps. Chances are that if your tail lamps are not working, your brake lights and turn signals probably are not working either.

The need for lights on vehicles to be working is important for visibility. It only takes a few minutes to turn your lights on and check to see if they all work. If you have a light out, you need to replace it.