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HF 3458

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 02/25/2008

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to traffic regulations; expanding requirement of display of vehicle
lighting; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 169.48.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 169.48, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Lights to be displayed.

(a) Every vehicle upon a highway within
this statedeleted text begin:
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deleted text begin (1) at any time from sunset to sunrise;
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deleted text begin (2) at any time when it is raining, snowing, sleeting, or hailing; and
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deleted text begin (3) at any other time when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog or other
conditions or there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles
on the highway at a distance of 500 feet ahead;
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shall display lighted headlamps, lighted taillamps, and illuminating devices, as hereinafter,
respectively, required for different classes of vehicles, subject to exceptions with respect
to parked vehicles and law enforcement vehicles, as hereinafter stateddeleted text begin. In addition to
the other requirements of this paragraph, every school bus transporting children upon a
highway within this state, at any time from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after
sunset, shall display lighted headlamps, lighted taillamps, and illuminating devices as
required by this paragraph
deleted text end, except that the operator shall use the lowermost distribution of
light specified in section 169.60 unless conditions warrant otherwise.

(b) When requirement is hereinafter declared as to the distance from which certain
lamps and devices shall render objects visible or within which such lamps or devices
shall be visible, these provisions shall apply deleted text beginduring the time stated in this sectiondeleted text end upon a
straight level unlighted highway under normal atmospheric conditions unless a different
time or condition is expressly stated and unless otherwise specified the location of lamps
and devices shall refer to the center of such lamps or devices. Parking lamps shall not be
used in lieu of headlamps to satisfy the requirements of this section.

deleted text begin Subd. 2. deleted text end

deleted text begin Certain violations; negligence. deleted text end

deleted text beginNotwithstanding section 169.96, a
violation of subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (2), is not negligence per se or prima facie
evidence of negligence.
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