The Traffic Stop-Headlights

By McPherson Police Department
November 18, 2014

Headlights should be on from sunset until sunrise, when it is smoky or foggy enough to reduce visibility to 1,000 ft., when windshield wipers are in use for precipitation, and at all times on motorcycles. In McPherson, failure to do so is a moving violation, punishable by a $60 fine and $75 Municipal Court Cost.

A little more from the Kansas Driving Handbook…

Drivers should check to be sure headlights are operational and lenses are not cracked, broken or missing. Night driving creates a different set of problems for drivers. Driving at night is more hazardous and more difficult than daytime driving. You cannot see nearly as much with your headlights as you see in the daytime…Use your high beams whenever there are no oncoming vehicles. High beams let you see twice as far as low beams. Dim your high beams for an oncoming vehicle. Use your low beams when following another vehicle, in heavy traffic, in fog, or when it is snowing or raining hard. Light from high beams will reflect, causing glare and making it more difficult to see.

Each Tuesday, as activity permits, we address a topic dealing with traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. This feature is organized by the Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau. We have finally reached the bottom of the topic list we initially collected when this feature debuted! So, please PRIVATE MESSAGE McPherson KS Police Department on Facebook your traffic enforcement questions unrelated to the addressed topic. We may address your question in a future “Traffic Stop”.

If any question requires an immediate answer please feel free to phone one of our Officers at our non-emergency number: (620)245-1200.