Deaths and Injuries ...

Whilst statistics are depicted here indicating deaths and injuries probably attributable to blinding lights, fundamentally it is morally wrong for one set of well protected traffic participants cocooned in airbag padded steel safety cages to attempt to gain a safety advantage at the expense of less conspicuous more vulnerable road users - or to expect people to jump out of their way!

Deliberately blinding drivers creates an aggression that cannot be estimated by "traffic experts" resulting in a poor frame of mind hence increased accidents.
Similar intangible factors are probably the reason that the introduction of the European seat belt laws did not achieve the full benefits predicted by "traffic experts".  As with ABS and air bags, studies found drivers drove faster due to Risk Compensation.

The 732 Members of the European Parliament were duped into voting for Daytime Running Lights (DRL) by flawed academic reports.  Crucially, in August 2008 just before a vote was due  Dr. Fred Wegman Director of Research Institute SWOV issued a SWOV Factsheet on Daytime Running Lights which stated:
− fatal crashes: a reduction of 15%
− severe injury crashes: a reduction of 10%
− slight injury crashes: a reduction of 5%
Marcin Gorkowski Chairman of the UNECE WP 29 signalling and lighting group (who set global vehicle standards), EU ex Vice President Guenter Verheugen, Dr. Fred Wegman of SWOV , and Mike Penning UK deputy Transport Minister have ignored warnings of the fatal consequences of deliberately blinding drivers with light, the tragic reality are extra deaths and injuries:-

Daytime Running Lights: The tragic reality - accident data from DaDRL Poland   (Google translation)
Blue  Ranni Injured
Green Wypadki No. of accidents
Yellow Pojazdy No. of vehicles
Magenta/td> Zabici Deaths
Brown No. of accidents per 1,000 vehicles
Circle Introduction of Daytime Running Lights in Poland in 2007
Dotted lines mean number of accidents, deaths and injuries without mandatory lights 24h/day - estimated on the basis of the long-time trend before year 2007
Daytime Running Lights are being introduced by stealth in the UK - mandatory on new cars from February 2011 but not existing cars. Poland was a clear cut case where DRL or headlights became mandatory across the board in 2007
  Professor W.Schober

BBC April 2011
Sangita Myska
The Lightmare

The Cabbies Guide to Motor Manners

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