The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding all motorists of the Ohio law requiring vehicle headlights to be on when windshield wipers are in use. The law, which took full effect on Jan. 1, 2010, is geared toward increasing visibility for motorists during unfavorable weather conditions thus reducing the possibility of injury crashes.
Ohio Revised Code 4513.03 is a secondary traffic offense, which means vehicles cannot be stopped solely for a violation of this statue. A citation for this offense is a minor misdemeanor and fines vary by court district. The Patrol has issued 834 citations for this offense since it was implemented.