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Beach-goers, keep those headlights on, even when the sun is shining.

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration is requiring 24-hour headlight use for all vehicles. And not just for the summer months. The new rule goes into effect Thursday, in time for the holiday weekend, but it is permanent.

It will be enforced on US 50 between US 13 in Wicomico County and MD 90 in Worcester County. Between 28,000 and 36,000 vehicles use that section of highway every day during the summer.

Three other sections of highway also require 24-hour headlight use: MD 90 going in and out of Ocean City; MD 32 in Howard County between US 70 and MD 108, and MD 404 between US 50 and Denton.

SHA recently installed signs that will alert drivers to turn on headlights.

"There have been tragic crashes along this corridor during the last decade. The mandatory headlight use will improve visibility of vehicles for drivers traveling the opposite direction," said District Engineer Donnie Drewer. "The headlight use on MD 90 has made a difference and we expect the same positive outcome on this corridor."

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