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Letter: LED headlights are dangerous and unnecessary

"Without some form of new regulation or modification, I feel these LED lights will become more and more hazardous," Laurel Linder of Alexandria, Minn. writes.

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The following is overdue to be sure.

Questions: Was any thought given by the car manufacturers to the drivers facing these intensely bright LED headlights?

I am finding the most troublesome on pickups and some SUVs that are hauling or towing, causing the headlights to tip up.

On an evening trip, I met a pickup hauling two snowmobiles. When I blinked, it returned with its high beams. I had to slow down to let my retinas recover. Farther down the road, I met another truck that had three LED lgiths on each fender, plus a round LED which covered most of the radiator.

Now wait a minute. This was in wooded and farm country, probably home to deer and other wildlife. Animals both wild and domestic that venture across and on highway shoulders become possible fatalities. A whitetail deer's eyes are much more light sensitive than a human's with longer recovery times.

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Here are my top three concerns pertaining to LED headlights:

  1. A shorter time span for drivers facing these lights to experience driving fatigue, increasing the possibility of more accidents.
  2. A higher rate of road rage. Recent reports say this is already the case.
  3. An increase in the number of roadkill among animals that cross or run on the shoulders.

Without some form of new regulation or modification, I feel these LED lights will become more and more hazardous. Simply put, they are overkill.
Laurel Linder is a resident of Alexandria, Minn.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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