October 25, 2019 10:09 am at 10:09 am #1794632
I am trying to figure this one out. Got a ticket on the Thruway for ‘failing to dim my lights for oncoming traffic’ UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH isn’t there one direction with 20 feet in between the opposite direction?! Am I missing something? Did anyone ever get such a ticket?October 25, 2019 10:57 am at 10:57 am #1794670
I have never received such a ticket, but I would absolutely expect to if I were to drive with my brights on, and fail to turn them off whenever I saw a car coming in the opposite direction. If you can see the oncoming car, it can see you, or rather it could if you weren’t dazzling it with your brights.October 25, 2019 11:17 am at 11:17 am #1794649
Sounds like there much be some traffic law requiring not to use your bright inappropriately.October 25, 2019 11:17 am at 11:17 am #1794651
Sorry you deserve the ticket
It is blinding to oncoming traffic and quite dangerous
from NY DMV guidbook (available online) “Be considerate when you use your high beams. Your headlights must be on low beam when you are within 500 feet (150 m) * of an oncoming vehicle or within 200 feet (60 m) of a vehicle ahead of you, even if the vehicle ahead is in a different lane. You should also dim your lights for pedestrians who approach you. Any fog or driving lights your vehicle has must be arranged, adjusted or operated to avoid dangerous glare to other drivers.”
* NOTE: NOT 20 FEET !!!!
Ive never gotten such a ticket because it is something that most drivers know not to do.October 25, 2019 1:56 pm at 1:56 pm #1794681
Where was the cop stationed? If he/she was behind you then how could he /she know that your brights were on? Was he/she on the other side of the highway? How did he/she get to you — by crossing over the divider?October 25, 2019 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm #1794675
What section of the VTL are they citing on the violation?October 25, 2019 2:40 pm at 2:40 pm #1794697
There exists technology that can make this less of a problem, but it probably won’t be implemented.October 25, 2019 3:02 pm at 3:02 pm #1794704
The cop was stationed in middle of the divider and it was at a very dark area on the Thruway at 11 PM. All cars had their beams on. How do you expect people to see and drive safely? Again-what is oncoming traffic on the Thruway?!?! Regardless of the feet there is quite a divide. Anyone tried fighting such a ticket??October 25, 2019 5:22 pm at 5:22 pm #1794706
“What section of the VTL are they citing on the violation?”
I’m guessing 375(3)
“3. Headlamps required pursuant to the provisions of subdivision two of
this section may be of the multiple beam type designed to produce more
than one distribution of light or of the single beam type designed to
produce only one distribution of light.
Provided that, whenever a vehicle approaching from ahead is within
five hundred feet, or when approaching a moving vehicle from the rear
and within two hundred feet of the same, the headlamps, if of the
multiple beam type, or the auxiliary front facing lamps, if the vehicle
is so equipped, shall be operated so that dazzling light does not
interfere with the driver of the approaching vehicle, or the vehicle
being approached, and, whenever the highway is so lighted or traffic
thereon is such that illumination of the highway for more than two
hundred feet ahead of the vehicle by lights on such vehicle is
unnecessary or impracticable, the headlamps, if of the multiple beam
type, or the auxiliary front facing lamps, if the vehicle is so
equipped, shall be operated with the lowermost distribution of light in
“How do you expect people to see and drive safely? ”
By following the rules, and dimming their high beams when oncoming traffic is headed that way.
“Again-what is oncoming traffic on the Thruway?!?!”
Cars going in the opposite direction. when you are going north the cars going south are oncomming. .When you are going south the cars going north areoncoming
“. Regardless of the feet there is quite a divide.”
divide doesnt block light.
” Anyone tried fighting such a ticket??”
what would your defense be?
so far your only defenses are that you didnt know the rule and that you dont like it. neither of which seem compellingOctober 26, 2019 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm #1794766
The law is the same whether there is a divide or not. oncoming traffic is traffic flowing in the opposite direction.October 27, 2019 8:36 am at 8:36 am #1794818
People with brights on are the worst. I’ve nearly crashed several time due to high beams from oncoming traffic or in my rear view mirror.October 27, 2019 9:23 am at 9:23 am #1794830
I don’t understand why you can’t have solar powered street lights on all highways and parkways
Totally eliminates the need for putting on brights
Especially in the mountains where there aren’t any houses in the areaOctober 27, 2019 10:37 am at 10:37 am #1794840
Use phosphorescent materials in the pavement.October 27, 2019 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm #1794872
HMMMMM so there’s no hope for fighting such a ticket?
I have a perfect record otherwise…..BHOctober 27, 2019 2:26 pm at 2:26 pm #1794962
once again, can you provide the exact vtl section the officer wrote on the violation? that may help us try to advise you.October 27, 2019 4:47 pm at 4:47 pm #1795009
Go to traffic court.
Since you have a clean record and this is an obscure ticket, then depending on the lication, you have a decent chance of either habing it converted to a lower ticket or warning.
Redpond with the dtate and locality, snd i can give you some more advice.October 27, 2019 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm #1795068
Thanks I have a court date in Greene County.
The violation was- 375 (3) Failure to Dim Headlights
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