The question whether dipped headlights should or should not be used in well-lighted streets is considered from the standpoint of practical law enforcement and safety of road users. The results are presented, with comments, of roadside checks at two sites in Ayrshire, Scotland, on the use of dipped headlights in streets with contrasting intensity of illumination. The results confirm the recent increase in use of headlights and the total casualty rates in Ayrshire and elsewhere are considered against this trend. A review is included of legislation introduced since 1930 e.g. Introduction of speed limits and use of the breathalyser test, and from figures quoted it is suggested that these measures may well have reduced total road casualties. The author concludes that legislation should now be introduced requiring headlights to be used in all situations during hours of darkness except when vehicles are stationary. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Association of Public Lighting Engineers

    78 Buckingham Gate, Westminster
    London SW1E 6PF,   England 

    Institution of Public Lighting Engineers

    Lennox House, 9 Lawford Road
    Rugby, Warwichshire,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Steel, M
  • Publication Date: 1979-12

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 241-242
  • Serial:
    • Public Lighting
    • Volume: 44
    • Issue Number: 187
    • Publisher: Association of Public Lighting Engineers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00310073
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-030 127
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1980 12:00AM