Motor vehicles; when headlights to be lighted. (HB2754)

Introduced By

Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


When headlights to be lighted. Requires every vehicle in operation to display lighted headlights. Currently headlights are required to be lighted only (i) from sunset to sunrise; (ii) during any other time when, because of rain, smoke, fog, snow, sleet, insufficient light, or other unfavorable atmospheric conditions, visibility is reduced to a degree whereby persons or vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 500 feet; and (iii) whenever windshield wipers are in use as a result of fog, rain, sleet, or snow. The bill removes provisions making the failure to display lighted headlights when windshield wipers are in use as a result of fog rain, sleet, or snow (a) a secondary offense, (b) subject to no demerit points being assessed, and (c) not a defense to any claim for personal injury or recovery of medical expenses for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/17/2019Presented and ordered printed 19104344D
01/17/2019Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/22/2019Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #1
01/24/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2754)
01/29/2019Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (4-Y 6-N)
02/05/2019Left in Transportation