Coming home from Pekin on Rt. 29 North, about 3:50 pm, in pouring down rain, I counted 16 cars or vehicles (One I saw in rearview mirror) with their wipers going, but no headlights. Quite a few just between Pekin and entrance to Marquette Heights.
So if a cop sees someone driving like this, is it grounds to pull them over for a ticket? Or is it at the cop's discretion? I know it's state law that you have to have headlights on if your wipers are going.
The law seems ambiguous and poorly crafted. It says "Headlights are required to be on from sunset to sunrise, when wipers are in use, or when visibility is less than 1000 feet." Presumably one of those three conditions need to be met to mandate the use of headlights in Illinois.
So okay, if I use Rain-X my wipers may not be in use. Visibility can clearly be well over 1000 feet during a daylight rain storm, even when MOST cars need wipers. So if it's pouring rain, and I can see clearly for at least 1000 feet without the assistance of my wipers, I can legally drive without my headlights it would seem. HOWEVER, if I were to use my windshield washer fluid on a bright, clear sunny day, I would need to turn on my headlights for that brief moment the wipers are in use. Right?
I won't delve into the definition of the word "visibility" right now, but suffice it to say it is very subjective and has been litigated to death in the aviation realm, where there are multiple meanings for that one single word.
And before people go off, I get the safety aspect of this and I agree with it. I turn on my headlights 24/7 when I'm operating a motor vehicle, weather and time of day be damned. I believe they save lives. That doesn't mean I don't like to find loopholes in poorly crafted laws.