Chief Rudzinski and the Manheim Township Police Department want to remind motorists that during periods of inclement weather and the vehicle’s windshield wipers are being used, the vehicle’s headlights and taillights must be turned on! We often get complaints from citizens who report that many motorists are not following this law and making already treacherous driving conditions more dangerous. Our officers on patrol have also noticed a high number of vehicles who are not in compliance with this law.
As a result of this, officers from the Manheim Township Police Department performed an aggressive driving detail on Monday, November 5, 2018, which targeted vehicles not using their headlights during a rain storm. The officers performed the detail over four (4) hour period which resulted in thirty-seven (37) vehicles being stopped, and twelve (12) citations and twenty-nine (29) written warnings being issued. “We want the public to know that our goal is to educate motorists of this law in order to improve the safety of our roadways. We hope by performing this and future, similar details, we will accomplish this objective,” said Rudzinski.
Remember, Section 4302 of the Vehicle Code (Periods of Required Lighting) states “the operator of a vehicle upon a highway shall display the lighted head lamps and other lamps any time when the vehicle's windshield wipers are in continuous or intermittent use due to precipitation or atmospheric moisture, including rain, snow, sleet or mist.”