LEONARDTOWN, Md. – In an effort to promote awareness of state traffic laws, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office posts excerpts of the 2018-2019 edition of The Maryland Vehicle Law Annotated on Tuesdays.

Adhering to the law will make roadways in St. Mary’s County and in Maryland safer for drivers, passengers, bicyclists, horse-and-buggy operators and pedestrians.


Headlights on when wipers are on

Sec. 22-201.2 “If a driver of a vehicle on a highway operates the vehicle’s windshield wipers for a continuous period of time because of impaired visibility resulting from unfavorable atmospheric conditions, the driver shall light the vehicle’s headlamps.” In other words, if it’s raining or snowing, the vehicle’s headlights should be on while driving.

Enforcement is a secondary action and the fine is not to exceed $25.