- United States Congress
Ban Blinding Headlights and Save Lives!
2015 saw a historic rise in traffic related fatalities. 7.2% more Americans died on the roads than in the previous year. This is an alarming statistic, 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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- United States Congress
2015 saw a record increase in traffic related fatalities. So much so that the DOT has reached out to the public for help finding an answer. The signers of this petition have experienced first hand the dangerous glare of LED and HID headlights as well as distraction from LED daytime running lamps, tail-lights, brake-lights and turn-signals. We believe that these new technologies are to blame for much if not all of the recent increase in road fatalities. The bright glare can temporarily blind drivers. The multiple sources of overly bright light can distract drivers in a phenomenon known as "inattentional blindness" or "the Las Vegas effect" in which the brain becomes overloaded with signals and loses focus on the most important subjects on the road way such as pedestrians in the crosswalk. Finally, these lights cause pain to the eye and lead to driver fatigue and aggression.
We ask that all blue-rich light be banned from automobiles, that existing technology be retrofitted at the cost of the automakers who have pioneered this dangerous trend. We ask that any new technology meet the AMA guidelines on blue-rich light and be drawn up under the guidance of independent ophthalmologists. Finally, we ask that the brightness of all daytime running lamps, tail-lights, brake-lights and turn signals be limited to that allowed for traffic lights.
Donald Berry started this petition with a single signature, and now has 250 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.