Dodge County Sheriff’s Law Of The Month: Headlights

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office law of the month shines a light on the use of high beams while driving at night. It is not uncommon for motorists to be blinded by oncoming vehicles, or vehicles trailing behind, that fail to dim their headlamps. Newer vehicles especially tend to have very bright headlights that can blind others on the road. Sheriff’s officials say when driving at night, if you are about to pass an oncoming vehicle, or driving behind another vehicle, make sure to dim your headlamps. State law 347.12 requires use of the lights when its dark outside, that are “high enough and of sufficient intensity to reveal a person or vehicle at a safe distance in advance of the vehicle.” Statute requires the operator to “dim… the vehicle’s headlights so that the glaring rays are not directed into the eyes of the operator of the other vehicle.” High beams also need to be turned off when behind another vehicle within 500 feet.