KY State Sen. Ridley Introduces Bill on Vehicle Headlights

Kentucky State Senator Dorsey Ridley (D-Henderson) held a press conference on Wednesday to discuss legislation he has introduced which would restrict modifications of vehicles with certain replacement headlights and other lights that emit from beneath the vehicle.

Under Senate Bill 92, headlamps could only emit white light except those outlined in the bill – including halogen headlamps with a slight yellow tint or others installed by the manufacturer that meet requirements by the US Department of Transportation.

“I have heard from citizens and from law enforcement about the super bright lighting and how distracting it is,” said Ridley. “The distraction caused by the super bright lighting is a real danger to other drivers and we need to deal with it. This legislation would not have any effect on the original equipment installed on cars and trucks by the manufacturer. It will only affect equipment or lighting that is added after the vehicle rolls off the assembly line.”

Ridley says the bill would contain the following rules:

  • Prohibit vehicles emitting anything other than white light
  • Require all headlamps meet US Department of Transportation regulations
  • Prohibit headlamps that appear to emit a solid color other than white
  • Prohibit headlamp covers or film that changes the color of the light emitted
  • Outline provisions for front, rear, side and undercarriage lighting of a vehicle

The fines for such offenses outlined in the bill would be between $20 and $100.

Ridley was joined at the press conference by law enforcement officials who support the legislation including Henderson County Sheriff Ed Brady, Kentucky State Police Post 16 Commander Captain Robert Shoultz, and Henderson City Police Chief Chip Stauffer.

“The National Safety Highway Council has endorsed legislation such as this,” said Sheriff Brady. “They are pushing to get it done in all 50 states. We want to be one of the first. We think we’re going to make safer roads by doing this.”


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