- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - Drivers on sections of highway in southeast Alaska will be required to use their headlights, even during the day.

State transportation department spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says it’s a safety measure the department has already instituted further north and is now introducing in Southeast.

KRBD reports (https://bit.ly/UrcHFh ) the new rule will apply to sections of road in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau and Haines, as well as on Prince of Wales Island.

Woodrow says using headlights at all times in these corridors could help reduce crash rates by alerting bicyclists, pedestrians and other motorists to oncoming vehicles.

He says this isn’t meant to be a “gotcha campaign.” Woodrow says state Troopers have indicated they would generally enforce the rule by reminding drivers of the need to turn on their lights.

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Information from: KRBD-FM, https://www.ktn.net/krbd/

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