Fines for headlights not on during day

Illinois drivers could soon be fined for not having headlights on day and night

MOLINE, Ill. - Headlights on all the time could become the law in Illinois.

A proposal in the state legislature would require you drive with your lights on regardless of the time or risk getting fined.

Current law requires you to use your headlights from sunset to sunrise and during bad weather.

But now, one state lawmaker wants them on all the time.

Local 4 spoke with some drivers here in the Quad Cities, and we got some mixed reactions.

Some think the bill may help keep roads safe.

While others don't like the idea at all. 

"I think they need to shift their focus on helping us instead of robbing us," said Campbell. 

"I think they should like twerk it a little bit to make it more logical," said Rangel. 

New legislation in Illinois would require drivers to have their headlights on all the time, or they could get a one hundred dollar fine.

Many cars do have an automatic feature, which runs day time lights.

But for older cars, drivers would have to remember to manually turn them on.

Brittney Rangel lives in Moline.

She says the legislation may help keep drivers safe.

"I guess, if you have them on all the time, you won't have to worry about turning them on," said Rangel. 

Rangel says it may even help her in the long run.

"If I have to turn my off, I always forget to turn them back on. I actually got pulled over because I forgot to turn them back on once," said Campbell.

Right now, drivers are only required to have their lights on at night, in the early morning or during bad weather.

Travontae Campbell a driver from Galesburg doesn't support the idea.

"You don't just think about turning your headlights on during the day because you can see clearly, as you can see," said Campbell. 

He says the state should focus on other issues.

"I honestly think, it's dumb. We're already struggling here in Illinois. You see all these other states living good," said Rangel.

While Rangel thinks state leaders are on to something. If they adjust the fine.

"They should have like two or three warnings before it's like bam a hundred bucks," said Rangel. 

The legislation has made it out of committee this week, and is headed to the house floor for consideration.


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