THE IMPACT OF A MOTORCYCLE LIGHT-ON LAW
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.
- Paper was prepared for presentation at American Association for Automotive Medicine, Vancouver, Canada. Sponsored in part by Texas Transportation Inst., College Station.
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillHighway Safety Research Center
Chapel Hill, NC United States 27599
Arlington, TX United States 76011
- Griffin III, L I
- Publication Date: 1977-9
- Pagination: 15 p.
- TRT Terms: Before and after studies; Crash rates; Crashes; Fatalities; Headlamps; Injuries; Legislation; Lighting systems; Motorcycles; Safety; Traffic regulations; Transportation; Vehicle lighting
- Uncontrolled Terms: Traffic laws
- Geographic Terms: North Carolina
- Old TRIS Terms: Transportation lighting
- Subject Areas: Safety and Human Factors; Transportation (General); I81: Accident Statistics;
- Accession Number: 00327129
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM