Why don’t people know this is illegal in New Jersey?
There are plenty of laws in New Jersey I don't agree with. Well, let's say most of them, especially when they deal with your own personal business or safety.
Like wearing a seatbelt. If you're not endangering others, then you should be able to live your life without the heavy hand of government grabbing you by the throat. But this is New Jersey, so that will never happen.
One of the motor vehicle laws that many people don't even realize is a LAW, is driving in the rain without your lights on. In the heavy rain on Sunday, I saw plenty of people driving around without their lights on. And no, it's not good enough that your car has daytime running lights. That doesn't take care of people behind you, because your tail lights don't go on automatically.
Between 2010 and 2015, 13,466 people got tickets for not using their lights in fog and/or rain, according to NJ.com.
The rule is "wipers on, lights on". The violation is "Failure to use headlights with wipers." It carries a $44 fine before court costs. It annoys the crap out of me especially on rainy days on any highway in New Jersey. Finally a motor vehicle law I agree with!
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