8 thoughts on “Enjoy Driving at Night Without Headlights? You’re in Luck!

  1. In almost all instances people who might be violating this law have simply forgotten to turn their lights on. There is nothing in the new language that stops the police from flashing their lights as a reminder or using the built in bullhorns in their cars to let the driver know that their lights are not on.

    And, what is the real reason for this new provision? Why have intelligent and responsible legislators introduced it? It does not take a lot of thought to understand why. It is to prevent unreasonable stops without probable cause because it is not longer possible for the police to say “the car I stopped had its lights off.” Or to be more blunt, it is to make it a little harder for bad apples in the police department to prosecute DWB “offenses.”

    Dougherty always brings an over-the-top level of snark to her rants. This one is no exception.

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    1. RE: “Or to be more blunt, it is to make it a little harder for bad apples in the police department to prosecute DWB ‘offenses.'”

      Good intentions are no excuse for bad laws.

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  2. Leave it to Democrats to prohibit enforcement of our laws. Driving with no lights is a classic sign of DUI. With Democrats in charge, who needs laws? Anarchy reins supreme. What ARE they thinking with sheer stupidity such as this…seriously.

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  3. Several months ago, when one Friday per month, we would attend Temple services, my wife was driving home and we were pulled over by a VB police officer. We had no idea why, but apparently our lights were not on but my wife (driving) did not know. I believe that most modern cars now have an automatic setting for the headlights so that you can leave them on and they will shut off when the car is turned off. My daughter had used our car to haul some stuff and turned the lights off out of force of habit. The officer politely reminded my wife that her lights were not on and let us go.

    However, I do wonder if the interaction would have been different if my wife and/or I were black.

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    1. It is unlikely, if visibility was low enough to need lights, that the officer knew if you and your wife were white or black when he pulled you over.

      But the problem isn’t really stopping people for legitimate, if minor, safety violations, it is then escalating the stop to a drug search if the odor of marijuana is detected. It should be the same as the odor of booze, justification for determining whether the driver is impaired, but not for a search of the vehicle.

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    2. You can “wonder” all you want but I’m not buying that DWB excuse. I doubt an officer can see the color of who’s driving in most cases and just does their job. Nice try but no dessert.

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      1. I did not say he pulled us over because he saw that we were Black or white. I said if after we had been pulled over and he found a Black (or G-d forbid a mixed race couple) how the officer would have responded. He joked about heroin being in the car. If we were Black would he have ACTUALLY suspected there was heroin in the car?

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        1. Why do you suspect that an officer would react differently to someone based on their color? More believable would be that officers react to the demeanor of those they pull over. Give them lip, refuse their requests or orders, fight them or try to escape is not going to go well for you. This whole police brtuta lity nonsense is based on anecdotal evidence. In other words, very rare occurrences that prove nothing.

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