Re: Driving Without Headlight On, Fort Bend County, Tx
Don't you just hate it when a non-cop car, all of a sudden, transforms itself into a cop car!!!!
Is this the statute you were cited for? (? 547.302 ?)
Sec. 547.302. DUTY TO DISPLAY LIGHTS.
(a) A vehicle shall display each lighted lamp and illuminating device required by this chapter to be on the vehicle:
(1) at nighttime; and
(2) when light is insufficient or atmospheric conditions are unfavorable so that a person or vehicle on the highway is not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet ahead.
(b) A signaling device, including a stoplamp or a turn signal lamp, shall be lighted as prescribed by this chapter.
(c) At least one lighted lamp shall be displayed on each side of the front of a motor vehicle.
(d) Not more than four of the following may be lighted at one time on the front of a motor vehicle:
(1) a headlamp required by this chapter; or
(2) a lamp, including an auxiliary lamp or spotlamp, that projects a beam with an intensity brighter than 300 candlepower.
And here is how "nighttime" is defined:
Sec. 541.401. MISCELLANEOUS TERMS.
In this subtitle:
(5) "Nighttime" means the period beginning one-half hour after sunset and ending one-half hour before sunrise.
You can call the court clerk to inquire about the fine amount. When you appear in court, you can either plead "guilty" and pay the fine, or you can plead "not guilty" and request a trial during which you'll get the opportunity to tell the judge why you think you are "not guilty" of driving without headlights.
I am right 97% of the time... Who cares about the other 4%!