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Wisconsin State Patrol enforces new headlight law in recent foggy weather


Eau Claire (WQOW) - With recent foggy weather, the Wisconsin State Patrol reminded drivers of a new law being enforced that requires drivers to turn on headlights in inclement weather. 

Governor Walker signed the rule into law in late February, forcing drivers to turn on headlights when visibility is down 500 feet or less, which is a little smaller than two high school football fields.

"Even if it seems like you can see more than 500 feet, have your headlights on" Wisconsin State Patrol Sergeant Kirk Danielson said. "Reduce your speed. Pay attention to the vehicles around you. Keep an eye out for people who don't have their headlights or tail lights turned on."

The Wisconsin State Patrol said since the law has been in effect, troopers have noticed more drivers turning on headlights. Danielson said the Wisconsin State Patrol typically hands out warnings the first 90 days of a new law, but drivers are out of that grace period now, so officers will write tickets if they catch drivers in poor weather conditions without headlights. 

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