November 15, 2004

Research shows effectiveness of daytime running lamps

Detroit, Michigan – New findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show daytime running lamps significantly reduce certain kinds of daytime crashes. The recently released NHTSA study, which used federal crash data, shows that from 1995 to 2001:

  • DRLs reduced opposite-direction daytime fatal crashes by 5 percent

  • DRLs reduced opposite-direction/angle daytime nonfatal crashes by 5 percent
  • DRLs reduced non-motorist, pedestrian and cyclist daytime fatalities in single-vehicle crashes by 12 percent
  • DRLs reduced daytime opposite-direction fatal crashes of a passenger vehicle with a motorcycle by 23 percent.

“This new study reaffirms the benefits of daytime running lights and the decisions by General Motors and some other automakers to make them standard equipment,” said Brian O’Neill, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.” These lights are a simple, inexpensive and effective safety feature, and I hope they will be on all new passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. soon.”

Daytime running lights are mandatory on all new vehicles sold in Canada.

To read the entire NHTSA study, click here (pdf file).

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