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In Texas what time are drivers by law suppose to turn on headlights?
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In Texas what time are drivers by law suppose to turn on headlights?

Husband pulled out in front of lady at dusk (had been raining and wreck was 15 min. after sun set. Witness behind the black car that hit him said they didn't have headlights on. He got ticket as traffic cop said she didn't have to turn her lights on until an hour after dark so no matter what we would have gotton the ticket. This just doesn't sound right. Thanks a bunch.


    




Muffin Bombaaa
I don't know what the laws are in Texas but normally it's an hour before sun down.


UCANTCME
§547.302 - DUTY TO DISPLAY LIGHTS.......


(a) A vehicle shall display each lighted lamp and illuminating device required by this chapter to be on the vehicle:

(1) at nighttime; and

(2) when light is insufficient or atmospheric conditions are unfavorable so that a person or vehicle on the highway is not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet ahead........


Hal
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Get the booklet you used to study for your driver's license. The answer is definitely there.
"You must use your headlights beginning one-half hour after sunset and ending one-half hour before sunrise, or any other time when persons or vehicles cannot be seen clearly for at least 1000 feet."


adam/penny
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the only thing i can remember is that there is not a specific time like 4 o'clock or 7 o'clock/
it's usually on at sunset, off at after sunrise. seems to me like the cop was wrong. that was about the dumbest answer i've ever heard. i would have to fight the ticket in traffic court and see what the judge would have to say about that answer.


Fred C
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Texas law states you must use your headlights beginning one-half hour after sunset and ending one-half hour before sunrise, or any other time when persons or vehicles cannot be seen clearly for at least 1,000 feet.

If it was raining, that has a negative affect on visibility, and those headlights should have been on, according to that law. If the rain had stopped, then, unfortunately, the law may be on the side of the other driver. I would fight the ticket anyway, sounds pretty iffy.
This really shows the need for daytime running lights, on all the time the car is running, until the headlights are turned on.


Dan B
Headlights must be turned on 1/2 hr after official sunset to 1/2 hr before official sunrise or when visibility is less than 1,000 feet.


Dave Herron
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According to the Texas Driver's Handbook
"You must use your headlights beginning one-half hour after sunset and
ending one-half hour before sunrise, or any other time when persons or
vehicles cannot be seen clearly for at least 1,000 feet."
One half hour after sunset or before sunrise normally means there is enough light in the sky to be able to see clearly. If you can't see clearly for at least 1,000 feet (in rain, fog, snow or dust) you must turn on your headlights.





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