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Senator Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, was joined today by the Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement as he announced Senate Bill 92, a highw…

Senator Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, was joined today by the Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement as he announced Senate Bill 92, a highw…

WMSK Staff

February 1st, 2017

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HENDERSON – Senator Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, held a press conference in Henderson today to discuss legislation he has filed that would make driving on Kentucky’s highways safer. Senate Bill 92 would restrict modifications of vehicles with certain replacement headlights and other lights that emit from beneath the vehicle.

The legislation would permit headlamps to emit only white light, except those outlined in the bill that includes halogen headlamps that have a slight yellow tint or others installed by the manufacturer that meet requirements set by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“I have heard from citizens and from law enforcement about the super bright lighting and how distracting it is,” said Ridley, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee. “The distraction caused by the super bright lighting is a real danger to other drivers and we need to deal with it. This legislation would not have any effect on the original equipment installed on cars and trucks by the manufacturer. It will only affect equipment or lighting that is added after the vehicle rolls off the assembly line.”

SB 92 has the support of law enforcement officers and agencies across the state.

Ridley was joined at the press conference by law enforcement officials who support the legislation including, Henderson County Sheriff Ed Brady, Kentucky State Police Post 16 Commander Captain

Robert Shoultz and Henderson City Police Chief Chip Stauffer.

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SB 92 would prohibit vehicles from:

· Emitting anything other than white light,

· Require all headlamps meet US Department of Transportation regulations,

· Prohibit headlamps that appear to emit a solid color other than white,

· Prohibit headlamp covers or film that changes the color of the light emitted, and

· Outline provisions for front, rear, side and undercarriage lighting of a vehicle.

Under SB 92, any person who violates any of the provisions could be fined not less than $20 nor more than $100 for each offense.

The bill will be considered by the Kentucky General Assembly during the 2017 Legislative Session

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