Friday, 2 May 2014

Accident rates worse when street lights switched off . . .


Accident rates worse when street lights switched off

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AA warn late night cuts to street lighting cause more urban accidents

Accident rates are worse on roads which have had street lights turned off, says the AA.

Councils have been turning lights off on some roads between midnight and 5am, with Essex the latest county council to dim its lamps.

The AA said research showed that night-time accidents in bad weather on urban roads with a 30mph limit had been cut by 15.6 per cent over the past five years.

But where street lights were switched off, or were not present, the fall was 2 per cent.

The motoring association said that overall, from 2007 to 2012, a 19.6 per cent reduction in accidents along town and city roads where street lights were on, shrank to 8.8 per cent where lighting was not present.

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