Tail Light court case

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) —  One light is good enough. The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled each bulb in a tail lamp does not have to be illuminated to comply with a state law requiring a motor vehicle’s equipment to be in “good working order”.

This decision stemming from an Albuquerque man’s appeal of convictions for drunken driving and operating a vehicle with defective equipment.

Defendant John Farish argued a sheriff’s deputy illegally stopped him because of a burned out tail light bulb, when the upper bulb was not working but the lower bulb was emitting light.

Justice C. Shannon Bacon wrote an opinion for the Court, stating, ” This case reminds us that not all vehicles on New Mexico’s roads and highways are in perfect condition.”