MOTORISTS who use their fog lights unnecessarily in clear conditions could face a fine of £30, police in Fermanagh have warned.
The misuse of fog lights can be distracting and even dangerous to other drivers, Inspector Roy Robinson, the sector commander said.
Inspector Robinson added: “The issue was raised at a DPP meeting last week and we have received other complaints from members of the public who have been dazzled by motorists using their front fog lights when there is absolutely no need.
“The law is clear; fog lights should only to be used in conditions where visibility is seriously impaired, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres.”
Some car owners seemed to be confused, he added. “If the lights are on a separate switch with a warning light on the dashboard, these are fog lights, and should only be used in extreme conditions. If they come on when you flick on the main beams then they are driving lights and will disappear when the lights are dipped or switched off.
“Drivers should also ensure they switch off rear fog lights after use as these can mask the brake lights of the car, as well as dazzling motorists travelling behind.”
Inspector Robinson said that equally as serious was the failure of some drivers to use lights when they needed to.
“It is very common for some motorists to think that sidelights are sufficient in the dark mornings and evenings. They are not; dipped headlights need to be used. You need dipped headlights to be seen, not just to see.”
Motorists can be fined for not using dipped lights, and for broken or badly adjusted lights, he added.