Region - Due to complaints about the use of fog lights when not required police will be conducting Operation Lights Out in early November to detect motorists not complying with this rule.
With the winter months over, the use of fog lights on vehicles without the need can become a hazard to all road users.
Most people with new vehicles have fog lights fitted to both the front and rear of their vehicles. Fog lights are very useful in the right conditions but can be a distraction if used contrary to the conditions.
Members of Northern Grampians Highway patrol wish to remind motorists that Road Rule 217(1) states 'A driver must not operate any front or rear fog light fitted to the vehicle unless the driver is driving in fog or other hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility'.
"This does not mean you can 'cut laps' up and down Barkly Street and around town where there is adequate street lighting with your fog lights on," Acting Sergeant Shaun Allen, from Northern Grampians Highway Patrol, said.
"Police have for some time stopped giving warnings for this offence as it offers a distraction for other road users."
Motorists failing to comply can expect to be pulled up and receive an on the spot infringement notice incurring a $144 penalty.
For further information contact Acting Sergeant Shaun Allen at Northern Grampians Highway Patrol.