Light up, be seen to be safer on the roads

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE -

ROAD safety ad­vo­cates say a law forc­ing driv­ers to use head­lights on rainy days would re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple in­jured or killed on the roads.

Mo­tor Ac­ci­dent Com­mis­sion spokesman Ben Tuffnell said many ac­ci­dents were caused by vis­i­bil­ity prob­lems.

‘‘Re­search done in The Neth- er­lands showed that fail­ing to see an­other road user was a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in 50 per cent of all day­time ac­ci­dents,’’ he said. ‘‘At in­ter­sec­tions, that fig­ure goes up to 80 per cent. Vis­i­bil­ity is a big is­sue on the road. And cer­tainly dur­ing pe­ri­ods of bad weather, the more vis­i­ble you are, the bet­ter.’’

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