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Q. What are the rules/laws regarding driving with your headlights turned on?
I was under the impression that if your windshield wipers are in use you are required to have your lights on.

Dear Juneau Resident,

The issue is actually about visibility rather than windshield wiper use...but it's a good idea to turn your headlights on when it's raining. Here is what local ordinance says:

CBJ 72.04.010 (similar state law at 13AAC 04.010)

Every vehicle traveling on a highway or other vehicular way or area within the state must illuminate lights as follows:

Between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise; or

At any other time when, because of insufficient light or other atmospheric conditions, persons or vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet.

Stop lights, turn signals, and other signaling devices must be illuminated as required by this chapter.

Every vehicle traveling on a highway or vehicular way or area must illuminate lights when traveling on any roadway that is posted with signs requiring the use of headlights.

For the purposes of subsection (c) of this section, lights include low intensity headlights and daytime running lamp devices that meet the standards in 49 CFR 571.108 (revised as of October 1, 1999), if the headlights are not otherwise required under subsection (a)(1) or (a)(2) of this section.


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