Fog lights in the police spotlight in the MIA

FOG lights and controversy can sometimes go hand-in-hand. 

MIA drivers have been cautioned by police in the area to use their fog lights correctly to avoid being fined, particularly as traffic numbers are higher on the roads at this time of the year. 

Sergeant Steve Mallam of the Murray Cluster Highway Patrol has urged drivers to be aware of using fog lights, with many drivers leaving their fog lights on in summer when there is no fog.

“It is an offence to drive with your fog lights switched on unnecessarily,” he said.

“A driver is only permitted to use fog lights if driving in fog, mist or other atmospheric conditions that restrict visibility.

“There have been a lot of drivers using their fog lights in summer conditions which can make it difficult for other drivers to see, which can lead to serious issues on our roads.”

Leeton Shire Council’s road safety and traffic officer Kym Snow said fog lights were different to daytime running lights.

“Daytime running lights are designed to increase visibility of a vehicle to other road users in daylight conditions,” she said. 

Daytime running lights do not create unnecessary glare where using fog lights in normal conditions does.

Sergeant Mallam said all drivers should be aware fog lights must not be used as a substitute for daytime running lights.

Fog lights are a nuisance and can dazzle or distract other drivers causing temporary blindness from approaching vehicles or vehicles travelling behind.

Under the NSW Road Rules illegal use of fog lights can result in a $110 fine and two demerit points.