A heavy rain forecast in Central and Northern California for the upcoming weekend is causing the California Highway Patrol to remind drivers to stay safe on the roads by using their headlights. California’s law on headlights, established in 2005, states they must be switched on during the day if visibility is less than 1,000 feet or if the windshield wipers are moving at a constant rate. A ticket for not using headlights when necessary costs the same amount as a ticket for not having headlights on after dark, said a CHP officer. “The idea is to see, and to be seen,” he said.
The road may be especially slippery as well, increasing the chances of a car accident. The weather forecast is for a quarter to half-inch of rain. Most of the weekend there will be steady light showers, but Saturday and Sunday morning rain will be at its thickest when the biggest storms from the Gulf of Alaska hit. CHP suggests you check your vehicle’s windshield wipers and tire tread before heading out on the roads this weekend.
As a car accident lawyer in Los Angeles, I hope everyone has a safe weekend and follows the CHP’s recommended steps of checking your tires and wipers before heading out into the drenched days ahead.