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D.E.Bishop

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This is really a two pronged post, I just bought a replacement for our 1995 towed and we took the new towed on a day trip about 120 miles North of Los Angeles. I am not fully functional on the location and function of all the goodies on our 2006 Grand Vitara, there are a lot of things we've never had on a vehicle before. It does have DRL and it saves me from remembering about turning the headlights on and off. Also I've never driven the car at night and didn't even know where the headlight switch was located. Not a good idea, I should have conducted a PDI at the dealership and known all this before we left the lot. Lesson one learned.

Now the second part, driving between Santa Barbara and the Santa Inez Valley on C254 there is a Daylight Safety Zone which means, turn on your headlights(and was so posted). Having DRL I figured I was in compliance, DW said she didn't think so. Turns out at a potty stop, there was a CHP officer coming out of Taco Bell and I stopped him and asked him who was right. Don't you just hate to appologise in public when the DW is right and you're wrong? The officer said that what I did, using the DRL met the intent of the law but, that I was technically in violation of the law.

He further stated that "MOST" CHP would not write that up or stop you for that violation due to it being a moving violation and that it would put a point against your record, he left it open if you were stopped for something else or if you were a smart aleck with him.

DRL are not required in CA, at this time, but, I think they should be on all new vehicles. I think the Daylight Safety Zone law should be rewritten to consider DRL as legal there.

Anyway, thats what I had to appologise for publicly in front of the CHP and the friend we were visiting in the S. I. Valley. Lesson two learned.


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I have fully learned my lessons - DW is always right.


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Posted: 06/28/13 10:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Also, need to remember DRL, is most if not all vehicles, turns on just the parking lights. On most foggy days the taillight DO NOT COME ON.
As well as the headlights.

While driving in those types of conditions, manually turn ON headlights (and tailights) so other drivers (front, side and rear) can see you.

I find it amazing at how many people drive during early morning/late afternoon and do not use headlights/tailights. Because they can see where they are going, the ASSUME other driver can see them. WRONG!!!

I have learned to use headlights ON on 2-lane roads so oncoming idiots in a hurry see me before they pull out to pass into my lane. It help a little.





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DRL's are a great feature but even though they have been mandatory on all vehicles sold in Canada since 1990, there still seems to be a lot of people who don't seem to know that they do not operate the tail lights. Judging by the number of people who drive at night using only their DRL's, there also seems to be quite a few people who never look at their instrument panels.


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I would assume that the DRL violate the intent of the safety zone because the tail lights aren't on. Same as the new laws requiring head lights when wipers are on.


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Why have DRL`s in broad daylight? this never made any sense to me! I can see a car coming down the road with or without DRL`s.


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The officer said that what I did, using the DRL met the intent of the law but, that I was technically in violation of the law.



I would have apologized for nothing until a judge said you were illegal. Apologies are for when you pass gas in church; not for driving down the road in the spirit and intent of the law.

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D.E.Bishop wrote:

This is really a two pronged post, I just bought a replacement for our 1995 towed and we took the new towed on a day trip about 120 miles North of Los Angeles. I am not fully functional on the location and function of all the goodies on our 2006 Grand Vitara, there are a lot of things we've never had on a vehicle before. It does have DRL and it saves me from remembering about turning the headlights on and off. Also I've never driven the car at night and didn't even know where the headlight switch was located. Not a good idea, I should have conducted a PDI at the dealership and known all this before we left the lot. Lesson one learned.

Now the second part, driving between Santa Barbara and the Santa Inez Valley on C254 there is a Daylight Safety Zone which means, turn on your headlights(and was so posted). Having DRL I figured I was in compliance, DW said she didn't think so. Turns out at a potty stop, there was a CHP officer coming out of Taco Bell and I stopped him and asked him who was right. Don't you just hate to appologise in public when the DW is right and you're wrong? The officer said that what I did, using the DRL met the intent of the law but, that I was technically in violation of the law.

He further stated that "MOST" CHP would not write that up or stop you for that violation due to it being a moving violation and that it would put a point against your record, he left it open if you were stopped for something else or if you were a smart aleck with him.

DRL are not required in CA, at this time, but, I think they should be on all new vehicles. I think the Daylight Safety Zone law should be rewritten to consider DRL as legal there.

Anyway, thats what I had to appologise for publicly in front of the CHP and the friend we were visiting in the S. I. Valley. Lesson two learned.


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dodge guy wrote:

Why have DRL`s in broad daylight? this never made any sense to me! I can see a car coming down the road with or without DRL`s.


Ever travel in dense forests during broad daylight like ones that exist in the PNW?

I used to commute 75 miles one way in conditions like that and cars frequently disappear in the shadows when they do not have DRLs...again, during broad daylight.


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jmtandem wrote:

The CHP only enforces laws; it does not interpret laws.


Law enforcement interprets laws all the time whether we like it or not.

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