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August 24, 1940

SAFE DRIVING AT NIGHT

JAMA. 1940;115(8):632. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810340060026

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In the editorial "Safe Driving at Night" in The Journal, June 22, mention was made particularly of headlights and street lights. Although there has been tremendous visual improvement in night driving along these lines, little or nothing has been done about the misguiding and dangerous lights of private enterprise along the highway, particularly those of roadside stands and establishments. Their unshielded lights glaring in all directions frequently tend to misdirect the night driver, who with his more open road tends to speed. This combination of night driving, speed and distracting glare is a competent producing cause of accidents.There ought to be a law requiring standardization of these dangerous sources of illumination so as to require their proper shielding and reflection in order that their rays will strike the establishments they advertise rather than blind the night driver.The improved "sealed beam" headlight and modern highway illumination,

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