The effect of a motorcycle lights-on law in North Carolina was examined by analyzing accident data for a six year period from 1971 through 1976. The law was implemented on October 1, 1973 when motorcycle activity was declining after reaching a peak during the summer months. The proportion of motorcycle crashes that were daylight multivehicle were compared with the similar proportions for all crashes. It was found that a significant decrease in these crashes occurred for motorcycles following the implementation of the law. A similar decrease was not observed for total crashes. It was concluded that the motorcycle lights-on law had the desired impact on daylight multivehicle crashes.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper was prepared for presentation at American Association for Automotive Medicine, Vancouver, Canada. Sponsored in part by Texas Transportation Inst., College Station.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Highway Safety Research Center
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27599

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011
  • Authors:
    • Griffin III, L I
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

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  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00327129
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM