New law to get more clout at spot-checks

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By Christopher Gooding
The Record
SPRINGHILL - Going on a year since the province introduced legislation requiring motorists to have daytime running lights, this former mining town has adopted the practice but a little promotion of the new law isn't a bad thing, says Springhill's acting police chief.
"Like any other law its there and it has to be enforced. It's a very visible law," acting chief Dean Ruddick said. "Most vehicles already come with automatic running headlights but it has to be headlights, not just parking lights."
Passed in a fall session of government, Nova Scotia didn't bring in the law until April of last year, along with a fine of $164 for first time offences and exemptions for antique autos.
To his knowledge no one has been fined by the Springhill Police for not having their daytime running lights on. One warning was issued and a lot more could be coming on the horizon as the Springhill Police move into a series of spot checks that the chief announced during the February session of Springhill Town Council.
"It's one of those things the public has to be educated on," Ruddick says. "When stuff like this comes out the public needs to be address. It hasn't been a major issue -- we've only issued one warning - but it will be addressed during spot checks."

Organizations: Springhill Police, Springhill Town Council

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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