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Death on the roads: Should we advocate daytime running lights?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:199
  1. Richard G Henderson, consultant radiologist (richard.henderson{at}
  1. Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington DL3 6HX

    EDITOR—None of the articles on road traffic accidents in the issue of 8 July mentions the use of daytime running lights (the use of dipped headlights all day regardless of lighting conditions), which are compulsory in several European countries and have been shown to result in a significant reduction in accidents.14 A review in Bandolier mentions a reduction of up to 15% from different studies.5

    Surely this warrants further research, and if the results are confirmed we should be advocating compulsory dipped headlights all day. This would cost nothing and should save substantial numbers of lives.


    • Competing interests None declared.


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