Ban Blinding Headlights and Save Lives!

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2015 saw a historic rise in traffic related fatalities. 2016 was even worse, and while 2017 is slightly better than '16, it is still up on the record set in 2015. These are alarming statistics, representing thousands of new fatalities after years of decline.

It’s so alarming that NHTSA has convened multiple conferences to look into the issue and the Department of Transportation has reached out to the public in an effort to “crowd-source” an answer. While there are sure to be multiple factors involved, I feel one major cause is being overlooked by officials.

It is clear to anyone who drives, walks or bikes the roads: the trend toward LED and HID headlights has become a source of dangerous, blinding glare.

In addition, LED daytime running lamps, as well as overly-bright LED tail-lights, brake-lights and turn signals, are a source of fatal distraction, creating what is known as inattentional blindness or the “Las Vegas Effect”, a visual field so polluted by distracting glare that the brain has a hard time keeping focused on the important subjects like pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Previous petitions on this issue have garnered thousands of signatures along with comments that these headlights have caused accidents, made elderly drivers give up driving at night, and even induced migraines.

The American Medical Association recently issued guidelines on “blue-rich light”, the very sort of harsh, bluish-white light used by LED headlights and daytime running lamps. The AMA stated that blue-rich light causes pain and damage to the human eye and suppresses melatonin at five times the rate of other wavelengths. They have urged people to move lighting toward the more natural and warm red-end of the spectrum.

We are asking Congress, the Department of Transportation and NHTSA to take this matter seriously and ban all blue-light technologies on vehicles and to keep tail-lights, brake-lights and turn signals to a maximum brightness no greater than that allowed for traffic signals.

I appeal to your personal experience. If you are tired of being blinded on the road please sign my petition!

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