LED head­lamps

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Oc­ca­sion­ally, I lis­ten to the Guyana Po­lice Force’s Road Safety morn­ing ra­dio pro­grammes on the Voice of Guyana. That Po­lice PR pro­gramme is in­for­ma­tive, ed­u­ca­tional and com­pli­ance fo­cused.

On Novem­ber 8, 2018, the pre­sen­ter fo­cused on the il­le­gal use of LED head­lamps (ul­tra-bright bluish lights) in­stalled on ve­hi­cles by some mo­torists and the risks they pose to pub­lic safety. We all would have ex­pe­ri­enced the blind­ing ef­fects of these lights par­tic­u­larly from some on­com­ing traf­fic when trav­el­ling at nights.

While the po­lice PR is good, I doubt that most of the tar­geted de­fault­ers hear, pay at­ten­tion or even care about such reg­u­la­tions and the risks their prac­tices pose to oth­ers. Some of them have the means to stay above the law pe­riod.

What might be more use­ful, would be a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach with the Guyana Rev­enue Author­ity (GRA) to pre­vent the im­por­ta­tion of those lights in the first place.

The po­lice deem LED head­lamps fit­ted on ve­hi­cles as il­le­gal, just like the pos­ses­sion and use of fire­crack­ers (squibs) or nar­cotics, yet LED lights are sold openly in al­most every store where au­to­mo­bile spares and ac­ces­sories are avail­able.

This is some­thing for the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity in con­cert with the GRA.

Guyana is a strange coun­try – the cart al­ways seems to be pulling the horse! Yours faith­fully, Orette Cut­ting

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