Headlight scofflaws put others at risk

fogcarsA frustrating number of area drivers failed to switch on their headlights in Monday morning’s fog. Maybe they could see without difficulty, or so they assumed, but they made it challenging for other drivers to see and avoid them. Using headlights in fog isn’t just common sense. It’s also in state law, which calls for lighted head and other lamps whenever, “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 ahead.” Since 2006, Kansans also have been required to use headlights “when windshield wipers are in continuous use as a result of rain, sleet or snow” – another law too often ignored.