Ask a Trooper

Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2001

Question: Do I have to have my headlights on when I'm driving?

Answer: Well, yes and no. According to Chapter 13 of the Alaska Administra-tive Code section 04.010, you must have your headlights on from a half hour after sunset until a half hour before sunrise, and anytime that due to poor light, snow, fog, etc., visibility is less than 1,000 feet. You must also have them on when any signs along the roadway you're driving on say so.

Other than that, it is not required, but it is always a good idea to drive with your headlights on. We experience a lot of unusual lighting circumstances in Alaska, and headlights make you much more visible on our curvy highways. Think of them as a cheap insurance policy.

If you have questions you would like to ask a trooper, please send them to: Alaska State Troopers, 4060 Heath St., Homer, AK 99603. Or, you can e-mail them to

The Alaska State Troopers remind you to always wear your seat belt. It's the law.

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