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Why are there no signs reminding people to turn on their lights when it rains?

Ken Little

“We do have signs reminding motorists to turn on their lights in the rain at the state lines. However, not all roads have them throughout the state,” said Jennifer Garifo, spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

“There are so many motor vehicle laws that it is impossible to put all of them on signs throughout the state,” she added.

The N.C. State Transportation Map, as well as the Division of Motor Vehicles Driver’s Handbook, both have information on using headlights in inclement weather, as well as other rules of the road, Garifo said.

Law enforcement agencies are responsible for enforcing laws pertaining to activating vehicle lights in the rain, Garifo said.

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2 Responses to “ Why are there no signs reminding people to turn on their lights when it rains?”

  1. On October 9, 2010 at 5:27 am Bob wrote:

    Another suggestion for a sign: one that reminds people to turn on their headlights when it becomes dusk, and not wait until it’s pitch black outside,

    that way motorists can see each other, and maybe New Hanover County won’t be the worst county for bad drivers in NC and the USA!!!

    The way people drive here is insane!!, and NCDOT should put as many signs as possible to help make our roads.

  2. On October 9, 2010 at 11:34 am Mister wrote:

    Having your headlights on when it is raining and you are using your windshield wipers makes perfect since.

    This has been a very well known law in North Carolina for a long time now.

    Law Enforcement IS responsible for enforcing the motor vehicle laws, and yet you still see so many drivers without their headlights on when it is raining. Just as many motorists still do not move over when they are approaching an emergency vehicle that is stopped on the side of or in the road with its lights flashing.

    Its just a matter of laws not being enforced enough. If enforcement of certain laws gets lax, so does the public and following them. As an example, look at the traffic situation in Hampstead on Hwy 17. THe speed limits is clearly posted as 45 and yet people go even faster, some even reach 70 on this stretch of highway. There wasn’t much of a law enforcment presence there, and when everyone started complaining there was.

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