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Letter to the Editor:

My concern for several years has been the drivers who do not use headlights when driving during inclement weather.

We should use the headlights on our vehicles more than we do. The vehicles of almost 100 years ago had headlights so the driver could see where he/she was going. The vehicle also had tail lights; these vehicles traveled very slowly.

Today, we drive our vehicles 50 to 70 miles per hour. We meet vehicles in a matter of seconds. When driving,

some drivers manually turn their headlights off and leave them off until it is difficult to see the road. Some are reluctant to use their headlights in fog, rain, sleet or snow. Also, some drivers drive with the parking lights on. I don’t know if that is legal.


Since 1995, the automatic lights come on when a vehicle is started, the tail lights do not come on. I criticize the manufacturers for that. Headlights on vehicles are a small bulb and not very expensive and usually last a long time.

If you could save your life or someone else’s by driving with your headlights on, wouldn’t you do it? I hope you would.

Another dangerous practice by some drivers is to pass another vehicle, especially large trucks, when it is getting dark or the weather is inclement or there are other unsafe conditions, without having your headlights turned on. This also is very dangerous.

J.P. Holtz

Three Lakes


Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:05 PM


+1 #1 2013-05-16 19:45
Again, another example of the near complete extinction of common sense. Some states have laws that require lights on when wipers are on but they're rarely ever enforced. I applaud you, Mr Holtz, for pointing this out but you might as well pound your head against the wall.

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