What many drivers forget while traveling in fog - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

What many drivers forget while traveling in fog

Randy Davis, driver Randy Davis, driver
Angie, driver Angie, driver
Captain Tom Jackson, DCP Captain Tom Jackson, DCP

When weather is foggy outside, drivers need to have their lights on.

A special weather statement was issued for several counties Monday afternoon due to low visibility in South Georgia. Those conditions persisted for several hours.

But in a short survey Monday afternoon, many drivers had no idea that their headlights were turned off.

"Are you aware that your lights are off?"

"No, I was not aware. I had them on and I stopped at work, cut them off then got back in the car and didn't put them on," one driver admitted.

Other drivers with automatic headlights didn't realize that the automatic feature wasn't activating in the fog.

"Do you realize your lights are not on?"

"My lights are not on?"

"Your lights are not on."

"Well, they're on automatic."

"They are on automatic?"

"See look right here, they are on automatic, it's a sensitive car," another driver said.

But not sensitive enough for fog. Police officers say they consistently see the problem.

"So if you are that one individual that is not driving safely, which is too fast or doesn't have its lights on or driving recklessly, then that's when it's our job to get that person off the roadway to save lives," said Captain Tom Jackson with Dougherty County Police.

He says their number one concern is public safety as a whole.

"Most cars now come with driving lights, but what people don't realize is that doesn't always illuminate the rest of lights around the vehicle which may just be your tail lights," said Jackson.

The most common ticket officers issue on foggy days is "too fast for conditions," so officers remind everyone slow down and remember to be aware of their surroundings before getting behind the wheel.

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