New Dead Battery Law? 04/07/15

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Well, it’s not called the dead battery law, but that’s what you’ll want to call it when you leave your lights on due to new law that takes effect April 7, 2015.

The new Massachusetts law (Chapter 481 of the Acts of 2014) now requires motorists to turn on their headlights when “when the vehicle’s windshield wipers are needed.”  Mass. General Laws Chapter 85 section 15 also states that headlights should be in use for a half hour before sunrise and sunset or when visibility is under 500 feet.

Here is the kicker for your insurance….If cited you will also receive a surcharge on your auto insurance policy. That will no doubt be significantly more expensive than the $5 violation. So lights on Massachusetts, but don’t forget to turn them off when you shut off your car or you’ll be cursing the dead battery law.

Have a lovely day!

Steve Murphy

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