STATE OF ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE MOTOR VEHICLE DIVISION 50 N. Ripley Street Montgomery, Alabama Date: June 1, 2008 To: All owners of Motor Vehicles Registered in the State of Alabama All Alabama Dealers of New and Used Motor Vehicles All Alabama Law Enforcement Personnel From: Joseph Cicchirillo , Commissioner Re: Amendment to DMV1138:109A (Section 2) Effective January 1, 2010, all motor vehicles sold in the State of Alabama will be required to be equipped with a headlight dimmer switch mounted on the floorboard of the vehicle. The dimmer switch must be mounted in a position to allow operation by pressing the switch with the left foot. The switch must be located far enough from the foot pedals to avoid inadvertent operation of the pedals. Effective July 1, 2011, all other vehicles with steering mounted dimmer switches must be retro-fitted with a floorboard dimmer switch of the type described above. Owners of the registered motor vehicles who fail to comply with the requirements shall be subjected to a maximum fine of $500. Also effective July 1, 2011, lack of compliance will be sufficient reason for failure of the annual Alabama State Inspection test. It is recognized that this requirement will cause some hardship for the motoring public. However, this amendment was enacted in the interest of public safety. A 2006 study conducted by the Alabama State Registry of Motor Vehicles entitled: Initiation Sequence in Alabama State Nighttime Highway Traffic Accidents, revealed that 93% of all Alabama State nighttime highway accidents are caused by Fundamentalist Christian drivers who got their feet caught in the steering wheel while attempting to operate the highbeam dimmer switch. It is hoped that relocating the dimmer switch to the floorboard location will result in a decrease of such accidents. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.