Mayo County Council has launched a new campaign encouraging Irish drivers to turn on their dipped headlights during the day, in a bid to reduce crashes.
The ‘Get turned on’ campaign promotes the use of dipped headlights when driving in daylight hours, which according to Mayo CC could reduce the number of collisions on Irish roads by 20%.
Noel Gibbons, Mayo’s RSO, points to evidence from other countries showing that if drivers use dipped headlights during the day up to 5,000 lives could be saved and 155,000 injuries prevented across the EU each year.
Noel Gibbons said: “Many people feel that using their lights in daytime increases fuel consumption and shortens battery and bulb life. It is true that fuel economy is slightly affected but it has no effect on the battery and a negligible effect on bulb life. However, the benefits far outweigh the small cost.”
For more information contact Noel Gibbons.
Click here to download a European Commission consultation paper, ‘Saving Lives With Daytime Running Lights’.