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  1. #1
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    Default Broken Headlight

    My question involves vehicle maintenance laws for the State of: Kansas.

    Is it illegal to drive with a broken headlight during day hours? When of course it is bright enough. My driver's side headlight is broken so I was wondering if I can still legally drive it during the day without getting a ticket. As for nighttime driving even if just a few miles..1 or 2 is it illegal to do that? Of course, common sense says not to drive it during the night(or when it's too dark) so I'm assuming that it would be illegal. Thank You.

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    Default Re: Broken Headlight

    By broken, do you mean burned out, non-functioning, or do you mean that it's missing or visibly cracked or shattered?
    Quote Quoting KSA 8-1728. Number of driving lamps required or permitted.
    (a) At all times specified in K.S.A. 8-1703, at least two (2) lighted head lamps shall be displayed, one (1) on each side at the front of every motor vehicle, except when such vehicle is parked, subject to the regulations governing lights on parked vehicles.

    (b) Whenever a motor vehicle equipped with head lamps as herein required is also equipped with any auxiliary lamps or a spot lamp or any other lamp on the front thereof projecting a beam of intensity greater than three hundred (300) candlepower, not more than a total of four (4) of any such lamps on the front of a vehicle shall be lighted at any one time when upon a highway.
    Quote Quoting Statute 8-1703: When lighted lamps required.
    (a) Every vehicle, except as provided in subsection (b), upon a highway within this state, at all times shall display lighted head and other lamps and illuminating devices as required for different classes of vehicles, subject to exceptions with respect to parked vehicles:
    (1) From sunset to sunrise;

    (2) when due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, including smoke or fog, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet ahead; or

    (3) when windshield wipers are in continuous use as a result of rain, sleet or snow.
    Stop lights, turn signals and other signaling devices shall be lighted as prescribed for the use of such devices.

    (b) Motorcycles, motor-driven cycles and motorized bicycles manufactured after January 1, 1978, shall display lighted head and tail lights at all times that such vehicles are operated on any highway.

    (c) Law enforcement officers shall issue a warning citation to anyone violating subsection (a)(3).

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    Default Re: Broken Headlight

    I mean shattered. It wouldn't be that bad if it was just burned out..that could be replaced easily and affordably.

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    Default Re: Broken Headlight

    I suggest checking with the DMV or local PD (note: don't call 911 for a non-emergency) to find out whether you're required to repair the lamp in order to avoid a citation, assuming you're driving only under those circumstances where you don't need to have your headlights on. In terms of requirements, there may be other statutes beyond this one, which appears to require you to fix a driver's side headlight but not necessarily a broken headlight on the passenger side:
    Quote Quoting KSA 8-1716: Parked vehicles; lamps required; color; location; time for display of lighted lamps; depressing or dimming of head lamps.
    (a) Every vehicle shall be equipped with one (1) or more lamps which, when lighted, shall display a white or amber light visible from a distance of one thousand (1,000) feet to the front of the vehicle, and a red light visible from a distance of one thousand (1,000) feet to the rear of the vehicle. The location of said lamp or lamps always shall be such that at least one (1) lamp or combination of lamps meeting the requirements of this section is installed as near as practicable to the side of the vehicle which is closest to passing traffic.

    (b) Whenever a vehicle is lawfully parked upon a street or highway during the hours between a half hour after sunset and a half hour before sunrise, and in the event there is sufficient light to reveal persons and vehicles within a distance of one thousand (1,000) feet upon such street or highway, no lights need be displayed upon such parked vehicle.

    (c) Whenever a vehicle is parked or stopped upon a roadway or shoulder adjacent thereto, whether attended or unattended, during the hours between a half hour after sunset and a half hour before sunrise and there is insufficient light to reveal any person or object within a distance of one thousand (1,000) feet upon such highway, such vehicle so parked or stopped shall be equipped with and shall display lamps meeting the requirements of subsection (a).

    (d) Any lighted head lamps upon a parked vehicle shall be depressed or dimmed.
    Depending on how "or more" is interpreted, you may be required under this statute to keep all of your vehicle's equipment in good working order even if, arguably, you would have satisfied its requirements had your vehicle been constructed with only one statutorily compliant headlight.

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    Default Re: Broken Headlight

    If both lights are working and just the lens..or whatever it's called is shattered then is it legal to drive it that way if only for a temporary time? The lights work fine..I just checked them. But is it illegal to drive with working headlights but the lens cover missing?

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