The Minnesota Law Many Are Breaking While Driving in the Rain
You ever read something on Facebook and instead of rolling your eyes, you want to give that person a high five? That's how I felt about Quinn Pribyl's post on Spotted In Rochester.
Spotted In Rochester has become something of a dumpster fire, what with the people that want to argue, fuss, and fight. But there's still plenty of good there and this one is SO good.
I learned the very same thing in driver's ed. "Rabe! Quit clickin' that pen and listen! Your job is to watch out for all the idiots...to make sure they can see you because they sure need the help!" That's Rudy Mosca, Sault Area High School Drivers-Ed teacher, talking.
And he's correct. The same is true in the winter. We can holler on the air and on the internet machine, but every time the snow flies, people are trying to win land-speed records. Then, when it rains hard, a wildly large number of people employ the invisible function.
If it's raining hard, turn your headlights on. Even if you can see just fine, a lot of people could use the help.
And here's the kicker...it's also the law.
Minnesota Law Regarding Rain and Headlights
169.48 VEHICLE LIGHTING §Subdivision 1.Lights to be displayed. (a) Every vehicle upon a highway within this state:
(1) at any time from sunset to sunrise;
(2) at any time when it is raining, snowing, sleeting, or hailing; and
(3) at any other time when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog or other conditions or there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of 500 feet ahead
There were a few comments on Quinn's post worth mentioning, so let's start with Quinn's and keep going.
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People NOT using their lights when conditions warrant and people driving fast when it snows, two of the biggest unsolved mysteries of life. Except for these.