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On a recent trip I95 South, there were many single lane construction sites. At the beginning was one or more police car with their blue lights on. The lights are so bright and flash at such a fast rate that I could not see anything in front of me. They even blinded me to where I could not see the cars I was following. I had to go very slow as I approched. So now I wonder if these lights are actually causing accidents. I understand the police must use the equipment they are given. I would think DOT would have some type of rating for emergency lights.
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Maybe someone can confirm this. The newer strobes used by L.E. have day and night settings. I've heard some use some real derogatory terms about the officers who don't pay attention the use of the high and low settings and what they are doing to the drivers on the road...

Yes I understand they need to be seen. But there is a reason for day and night settings.
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I've encountered the same thing, blinding.
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I could see the single blue light on top of the car 360 degrees from half a mile away. Not sure why they have gone batchit crazy with all the disco lights.
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Could this have something to do with all those crashes you see into the back of pulled over police cars?
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Unfortunately a potential DUI will be unable to differentiate the difference and a trooper may be harmed and of killed.Happens almost every week in MA. Drunk massholes.
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Originally Posted by fireisland1 View Post
On a recent trip I95 South, there were many single lane construction sites. At the beginning was one or more police car with their blue lights on. The lights are so bright and flash at such a fast rate that I could not see anything in front of me. They even blinded me to where I could not see the cars I was following. I had to go very slow as I approched. So now I wonder if these lights are actually causing accidents. I understand the police must use the equipment they are given. I would think DOT would have some type of rating for emergency lights.
Agree 100%
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Same thing with ambulances. Those LED's are blinding!
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Originally Posted by fireisland1 View Post
On a recent trip I95 South, there were many single lane construction sites. At the beginning was one or more police car with their blue lights on. The lights are so bright and flash at such a fast rate that I could not see anything in front of me. They even blinded me to where I could not see the cars I was following. I had to go very slow as I approched. So now I wonder if these lights are actually causing accidents. I understand the police must use the equipment they are given. I would think DOT would have some type of rating for emergency lights.
Well, I'm glad its not me. I leave for work at 6am, this time of year its dark going in and coming home. I dread coming upon a state or local cop with their lights flashing. All of them over the last few years seemed to have switched to a high intensity LED or Strobe light. I have to squint going by when the lights are flashing. They'll cause me to see stars for the next 30 seconds if I get hit by one.
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It's simply obnoxious. Blindingly dangerous to people driving.
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I find the ones on the newer amberlamps especially blinding

and the newer police cars/tahoes are just silly with the lights all over the undersides of the vehicle and all in the windows as well as the taillights and the ones on top ect

it is like a bad 80s disco and I know that past studies have shown that drunk drivers will actually get focused on the lights and drive right into them so I get the chasing yellow strip to try and give you a hint of direction to go

but all the other disco nonsense kind of drowns that out and I would imagine that drunks can't look away from it
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Blinding lights at night and a guy standing a foot off the road in dark clothing, with traffic going by at 60 mph, not a good combination. He's invisible with that light in the drivers eyes. If they can't pull over to the next lane, they have to assume he's where he's supposed to be.

I've always wondered how much that fast strobe light, amps up the adrenaline, in an already tense situation
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The only thing I really have an issue with are the Giant red leds on the back of an ambulance, that doubles as the brake light. They go down the road tapping their brakes like an old lady. When you're following one you can't really look away like you can when they are parked at an accident or you pull over to let them by.
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The school busses around me also have a blinking white strobe light, very annoying in the early morning.
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I just noticed this the other night, a cruiser was parked behind a broken down truck on the side of a narrow road, with oncoming traffic headlights and his back facing lights being so bright and distracting if he were standing next to his drivers door you'd have a hard time see him, at the time I thought it was a really stupid and dangerous setup for the officer..
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I am glad that I am not the only driver blinded by these new bright strobes.
They need to realize that these lights are as op stated, totally blinding.
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the lumen output of a police/ems/tow vehicle has just about quadrupled since the introduction of the first wheelen edge 9000 light bar witch was strobe/halogen technology. those light bars had a lead that would dim the strobes at night with the headlights on. the new l.e.d. technology produces a very bright light. the focus of the beam is done in the reflector/heat sink. to produce such a high intensity light out of them the l.e.d.'s are over driven. this makes the output glary. most of the new light-bars have dimmer capabilities but are not connected due to the newer vehicles pulse width modulation bulb out detection. the average police package car comes equipped with a digital to analog hand off module so that up fitters can modify the car without hacking up the can bus system. however no headlight on lead is available. so that's why they are blinding at night.
i have always said as drivers get dumber the e.v. lights get brighter.
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Originally Posted by Fish_DOut View Post
I am glad that I am not the only driver blinded by these new bright strobes.
They need to realize that these lights are as op stated, totally blinding.
Ditto. They are both blinding and so bright they are distracting.

? Because they can use them and are sure they are safer for them.
I do not see this improving. I am sure the light mfg. have done all sorts of marketing promotional "studies". New. Safer. Bling!
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Wear your amber shooting glasses.
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It's for their safety

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