Howard Bashinski: Turn on headlights


Dear editor,

I fervently implore Yampa Valley drivers to turn on their headlights during conditions of reduced driving visibility during the day. Headlights should be turned on in snow, rain or fog conditions, each of which we encounter in our area.

Although many vehicles have automatic running lights for daytime driving, these systems do not turn on taillights. The same is true of turning on your parking lights (usually the first click on your lighting knob) — no taillights.

During the intense snowing and blowing late last week, I lost count of the number of vehicles I encountered on my drive into Steamboat Springs from Stagecoach with no lights on. I almost ran into a slow-moving truck with no taillights on.

This is not a locals versus visitors issue. Most of the vehicles I see with no headlights have Colorado license plates.

In conditions of reduced driving visibility, all drivers need to turn on their full headlights. It is a matter of common courtesy and highway safety. Please, please remember to turn on your headlights during the daytime in the rain, snow or fog.

Howard Bashinski

Oak Creek


bill schurman 3 years, 3 months ago

Howard, I fully agree with your comments. Colorado law on the subject states:

42-4-204. When lighted lamps are required

(1) Every vehicle upon a highway within this state, between sunset and sunrise and at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of one thousand feet ahead, shall display lighted lamps and illuminating devices as required by this article for different classes of vehicles, subject to exceptions with respect to parked vehicles.


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