Lawmakers pass bill to ban distracting headlights in KY

Lawmakers pass bill to ban distracting headlights in KY

KENTUCKY (WFIE) - A bill in Kentucky, called by some the biggest highway safety measure since the seat belt law, has been signed into law.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Dorsey Ridley of Henderson and restricts how drivers can modify the headlights and tail lights on their cars.

Imagine driving to work and you see the car behind you with an abnormal color headlights.Not only could it cause an accident, but Henderson County Sheriff Ed Brady said that people think these cars are police officers trying to pull them over.

"I think the most frightening thing is for a teenage girl, an elderly person, or a lady traveling at night out in rural parts of Kentucky that when these vehicles come behind them, they're not sure if they should pull over or not," said Brady. "We don't want people pulling over thinking it's a police car when and it being something else or someone that might threaten them. I think that's the biggest safety issue but also think there's an issue on highway safety and having traffic accidents."

So Senator Ridley saw a need for change and sponsored this bill that will affect the way people modify their cars.

This new law, which was signed this week, requires vehicle headlights and rear lights to be a standardized color.

Here's the specifics on what this law prohibits: For starters, a vehicle cannot emit anything other than white light from their headlamp. Also, all headlamps must meet the regulations from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Bottom line, if you don't make modifications to your car's head or tail lights, you're fine.

The law was designed to prohibit making drastic changes to lights, so if you have installed new lighting in your car, you'll want to know about this, because you could soon be breaking the law.

Sheriff Brady said they hope from now until July, when the law goes into effect, they can educate everyone that this is a new law.

"We felt like it's a minor problem now but in 5 years if we didn't deal with it, as more and more cars going to the multi-color lights, it'll become a bigger issue," said Brady.

Brady told State Senator Dorsey Ridley about his concerns and Ridley sponsored a bill to ban colored headlights.

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