Groundbreaking Study Proves Street Lights Help People See Better

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What are the chances of this man's survival once the lights go out?
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It would appear that another study should have been on the forefront of this particular one... the study of a disintegrating gene pool among some scientists and researchers. You see, over this past year a handful researchers have been racking their brains trying to figure out if street lights are a necessary part of human safety when it's dark outside... and after many months of very intense brain things going on inside of their head, they have come to the conclusion that yes, they are!

Who pays for these studies anyway?The Street Light Study at a Glance
Researchers have taken their time this past year to consider the toll of incidences and accidents that have happened since the various cities around the world have begun to shut down their street lights in order to save energy and cut down on their carbon footprint. While this may be a noble effort indeed, there was not too much question that this was going to cause a few problems here and there. After all, it does get pretty dark out there at night.

Some of you will no doubt feel that these incidents are the folks fault who are prancing around in the midnight hour when they should be snug in their beds counting sheep. Well, it appears that after midnight (as certain cities impose purposeful blackouts), folks are still riding their bikes, walking, and driving their vehicles. So what happens as the lights go down? Well, there is a noticed increase of injuries and fatalities.

But I realize that I may not be giving these researchers the credit due to them, so let's look at this study from a different angle. A less sarcastic one. What researchers did was pool 14 separate scientific studies together from around the world and compare the results of fatal accidents and injury on streets with and without lights.

The Results
The result of these studies, published by Cochrane Collaboration, suggested that street lighting decreased the incidence of all types of injury (particularly fatal injury) a substantial amount of the time. How substantial? About 45 percent of the time. While this is not absolute proof of this theory by any means, it does pose a bit of an important question on whether or not the energy savings of these blackouts are worth the cost of decreased safety.

But there is another side to this study. One professor from Cambridge University, David Spiegelhalter, investigator of Public Understanding of Risk, says that this might all be a bunch of baloney. He is working off the belief that the chance of accidents on roads go through what we would call, ups and downs. This means that sometimes a road will just become cluttered with high fatality rates with no real reason other than the cycle of chance, or some might even say fate.

There's is always solar powered lighting or LED's, but it would seem many cities are too cheap to invest in this technology. It's just too darn convenient and easy to flick a switch rather than roll a few dead presents off your thumb (especially in this economy). So with the facts of this study out on the table, what's your opinion... do you expect your city to leave the light on for you?

Source: Mail Online: Switching off street lamps 'could triple road deaths'
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