Highway Patrol warns Ohio drivers of law they may not remember

Ohio law says when windshield wipers are in use, your headlights must be on

Ohio law says when windshield wipers are in use, your headlights must be on.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – If you were out driving in the rain on Thursday, you may have been breaking the law and didn’t even know it.

Ohio law says when windshield wipers are in use, your headlights must be on.

Brian Vail, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Canfield, said troopers are always out looking for violators.

“It is a primary violation, meaning if they see someone without their headlights on, and it’s raining, they are looking for the violation,” he said,

Vail said it’s a minor misdemeanor, but one that could come with a price of around $80 to $100 for a violation. He said the law was put in place to ensure safety on the roadways.

“If’s definitely safety-related when it comes to that. Maybe the effect that people can see in their rearview mirror more. That there’s a car behind them or the taillights of seeing the car in front,” he said.

Those with motorcycles with windshield wipers must also follow the same rules.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s