We’ve all experienced it – Blinding oncoming headlights! After moaning, groaning, buying night vision glasses, whining, cursing and complaining I finally decided to contact the National Highway Safety Administration via their website and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call1-888-327-4236.
"New about HID, LED, Halogen headlights may make driving safe for the driver of a car with the blinding headlights but they are a SERIOUS DANGER and deal accident waiting to happen for the rest of us facing them!
"You may think it's “only” seniors who have a problem. And maybe it is. But seniors are continuing to work longer - many well into their 70s. That means more seniors are on the road now than ever before.
"Toyota and other cars also have automatic high beams which do not seem to always shut off soon enough when an oncoming car is approaching head-on."
Thank you for contacting the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Vehicle Safety Hotline Information Center.
High intensity density (HID) headlamps produce a light with a slightly bluish tint that appears to be whiter than the light from a conventional halogen headlamp. For the last 34 years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108 (Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment) regulated the minimum and maximum intensities for headlamps (1) to assure the driver of a vehicle sees as much of the roadway as possible and (2) to minimize glare for drivers of other vehicles using the road. Newer HID headlamps meet the intensity requirements currently specified in the FMVSS for lighting. However, NHTSA has received numerous complaints from concerned citizens that glare from these headlamps is unacceptable. In response to public concern of excessive glare from HID headlamps, NHTSA is sponsoring research at several universities to assess eye sensitivity to these new technology headlamps and the effect sensitivity has on vision. With the data from its research program, NHTSA will be in a better position to determine what changes to the lighting standard may be needed in order to ensure the appropriate balance between visibility and glare. Some of this recent effort may be viewed at www.nhtsa.dot.gov by searching for “glare.”
If you would like to provide a written statement lodging a complaint regarding HID headlamps, please e-mail NHTSA through the NHTSA Web site. (See website and email in first paragraph above).
If you need additional information on our services please feel free to contact us at 1-888-327-4236.
NHTSA.dot.gov Response Team
I encourage ALL to contact them!
There is also a petition to sign at: https://tinyurl.com/blinding-headlights
Robert Wight Letter to NHTSA United States Congress USDOT ”2015 saw a record increase in traffic related fatalities. So much so that the DOT has reached out to the public for help finding an answer. The signers of this petition have experienced first hand the dangerous glare of LED and HID headlights as well as distraction from LED daytime running lamps, tail-lights, brake-lights and turn-signals. We believe that these new technologies are to blame for much if not all of the recent increase in road fatalities. The bright glare can temporarily blind drivers. The multiple sources of overly bright light can distract drivers in a phenomenon known as ‘inattentional blindness’ or ‘the Las Vegas effect’ in which the brain becomes overloaded with signals and loses focus on the most important subjects on the road way such as pedestrians in the crosswalk. Finally, these lights cause pain to the eye and lead to driver fatigue and aggression.
“We ask that all blue-rich light be banned from automobiles, that existing technology be retrofitted at the cost of the automakers who have pioneered this dangerous trend. We ask that any new technology meet the AMA guidelines on blue-rich light and be drawn up under the guidance of independent ophthalmologists. Finally, we ask that the brightness of all daytime running lamps, tail-lights, brake-lights and turn signals be limited to that allowed for traffic lights.”