New Jersey Laws for Driving with High Beams

It’s something to keep in mind the next time you’re driving down a dark road.

Chances are you’ll find yourself driving down a dimly lit road here in New Jersey at least once a week; especially if you live in Ocean County.

You know the ones I’m talking about: Route 530, Lacey Road and Route 532, to name a few.

During the day it is a peaceful and scenic road surrounded by greenery, but at night it can also get dark. And, let’s not forget that since these roads are in the forest, they are prone to the escape of deer, which could cause an accident.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

This is obviously something you want to avoid. So what are you doing? You turn on your high beams to see the road better, right? I do.

There are even times when I’ve noticed that I accidentally had my high beams on for a while because the lever to turn them on is so sensitive.

Recently, Nicole Murray on our sister station 94.3 the Point qquestioned if it is illegal to park in an empty parking spot in New Jersey. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.

Since this is a simple thing that we all do, it got me wondering whether or not driving with our high beams falls into the same category.

Photo by Alexander Jawfox on Unsplash

Photo by Alexander Jawfox on Unsplash

Is driving with high beams illegal in New Jersey?

Obviously, you are allowed to turn on your high beams, and you should, in order to drive safely in dimly lit areas. However, according to the law firm GormanNew Jersey law says you must fade them when another car is approaching you.

Can you be arrested for not dimming your high beams for another New Jersey driver?

This is where things get a little complicated. By Gorman Law Firm, cops can’t stop and search a car because they were driving with their high beams too close to another car. But, an article from states that you may be fined for this.

My minds? Prevention is better than cure. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to use your high beams, be extra careful and make sure they are off when other drivers are passing.

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