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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 13, 2009

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Melissa Figueroa (916) 651-4011

REMINDER TO DRIVERS TO KEEP “WIPERS ON, LIGHTS ON” IN STORM

SACRAMENTO – As the first major storm of the season hits much of California today, State Senator Joe Simitian (D – Palo Alto) joined law enforcement officials in reminding drivers about the importance of keeping “Wipers On, Lights On.”

“Common sense tells most of us to keep our wipers on when it’s raining, but it’s important to remember that you need to turn your headlights on as well,” said Simitian, who drove to Sacramento Tuesday morning from his Palo Alto home. “Having your headlights on is not only about seeing the road better when you drive, but also making sure others on the road can see you too.”

Simitian authored the 2004 “Wipers On, Lights On” law which requires California motorists to turn on their headlights when they have their wipers running. The idea was proposed by two Northern California residents, Mary Lou Lyon of Cupertino and Evelyn Berk of Menlo Park, who submitted it to Simitian’s annual “There Oughta Be A Law” contest.

California Highway Patrol Spokesperson Erin Komatsubara urged motorists to observe proper precautions. “The first rain of the year is always challenging, and we ask drivers to do their part to keep everyone safe,” she said.

A 2000 National Traffic Safety Administration study showed that cars with daytime running lamps reduce the risk of vehicle collisions.

 

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