With Winter weather and poor driving conditions fast approaching, I'd like to take some time to remind drivers of their duty to use their headlights when driving in poor conditions when visibility is low. The 2017 Standard Traffic Ordinance for Kansas Cities states;
Sec. 144. When Lighted Lamps Required; Visibility Distance
and Mounted Height of Lamps.
(a) Every vehicle, except as provided in subsection (b),
upon a highway within this state, at all times shall display
lighted head and other lamps and illuminating devices
as required for different classes of vehicles, subject to
exceptions with respect to parked vehicles:
(1) From sunset to sunrise;
(2) When due to insufficient light or unfavorable
atmospheric conditions, including smoke or fog,
persons and vehicles on the highway are not
clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet
(3) When windshield wipers are in continuous use as
a result of rain, sleet, or snow.
Stop lights, turn signals, and other signaling devices shall
be lighted as prescribed for the use of such devices.
(b) Motorcycles, motor-driven cycles and motorized bicycles
manufactured after January 1, 1978, shall display lighted
head and tail lights at all times that such vehicles are
operated on any highway.
(c) Law enforcement officers shall issue a warning citation
to anyone violating subsection (a)(3). (K.S.A. Supp.
Remember, just because you can see people or other vehicles in the roadway, it doesn't mean they can see you. It is very important with the approach of winter to keep your eyes open for pedestrians. It is also recommended on days with poor visibility or low light conditions that pedestrians wear reflective clothing to help aid drivers in seeing you.
Thanks, and drive safe!