Be Visible! Drive With Headlights On: MN Statute 169.48
Most drivers know they should keep their headlights on while driving in the rain. Besides being a good idea to improve visibility and safety, Minnesota Statute 169.48 requires drivers to use headlamps and tail lamps any time from sunset to sunrise, any time when it is raining, snowing, sleeting or hailing, and any other time when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog or other conditions, or when there is not enough light to clearly see people and vehicles on the roadway at a distance of 500 feet ahead. The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ruled that drivers may be stopped by law enforcement for not using headlights even when it is “very lightly sprinkling”. See State v. McCabe (A16-1024). Be careful out there, and remember to keep your headlights on when it is raining, snowing, foggy or any other time when visibility is reduced.
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