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Ask the Chief: Go ahead, turn your headlights on

"Ask The Chief" allows readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs and the department in general.

Submit your question to askthe.policechief@ci.red-wing.mn.us.

Q: Chief, please address the issue of when headlights should be turned on in the day time hours.

A: Thank you for this question, Minnesota Statute 169.48 Vehicle lighting must be displayed during the following time:

(1) at any time from sunset to sunrise;

(2) at any time when it is raining, snowing, sleeting, or hailing; and

(3) at any other time when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog or other conditions or there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of 500 feet ahead;

Also, every school bus transporting children upon a highway within this state, at any time from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset, shall display lighted headlamps, lighted tail lamps, and illuminating devices as required by this paragraph.

The statute also states that "parking lamps may not be used in lieu of headlights to satisfy the requirement of this statute".

Safety is always our primary concern, if in doubt, turn the headlights on.

Reference:

1. Minnesota Statute 169.48, Vehicle Lighting, located online at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes?id=169.48&year=2017&keyword_type=all...

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