Turn on your lights with your wipers in Massachusetts

Turn on your lights with your wipers

Effective April 6, 2015 Massachusetts now requires that drivers turn on their front and rear motor vehicle lights in all of the following conditions:

(1) When windshield wipers are on;

(2) When low light or weather conditions prevent other vehicles or persons from being seen at 500 feet

(3) From ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise

Relying on daytime running lights for these conditions is not sufficient under the law.

Penalty – Insurance Surcharge

A violation of this law is considered a surchargeable minor motor vehicle traffic law violation for insurance purposes. For more information on the Safe Driver Insurance Plan and insurance surcharge information, please visit the RMV’s Merit Rating Board.

Source:  M.G.L., Ch. 85, § 15

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John P. Sherman, Esq. opened his own firm in 2005 after rising through the ranks to become a partner at one of New Hampshire’s largest law firms. Today he applies his deep expertise in personal injury, employment law, construction law, and real estate law to provide strategic counsel to both businesses and individuals in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. John holds a J.D. cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law and has a track record of successfully litigating cases in state and federal courts. Learn More »