Established that the total number of accidents can be reduced by 30% and the number of accidents on state roads and in areas of particular danger such as at intersections 45%. These results, another study shows the CIE General conclusions obtained throughout the world as a result of experiments on the relationship of outdoor lighting and road accidents. Doubling the average brightness of the road surface considerably reduces the number of accidents in the dark.
This is clearly demonstrated by experiments conducted by order of the Ministry of transport of Germany for the ten stretches of road in six major cities. The number of accidents has been reduced by 28%. Accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists has been reduced by 68% and accidents by 45%.
Street lights to fight crime
Properly planned high-quality outdoor lighting also contributes to the prevention of criminal acts. Practice shows that acts of violence and crimes against property occur mainly in dark, secluded places where committed such acts feel most comfortable as such conditions are difficult to read and remember and potential victims were almost helpless.
Higher level of horizontal illumination is accompanied by increased vertical illumination in areas with the presence of pedestrians contributes to a better visual vospriyatiyu. Suspicious movements of others become visible from a distance and the signs and the intentions of approaching people differ clearly. Quick and clear understanding of the situation gives us more time to prepare for danger and adequate response.
Numerous studies have shown that improved street lighting leads to a sharp decline in night crime. They also confirm that a higher level of street lighting gives residents a greater sense of security which indirectly contributes to the friendly atmosphere in the city and enhances the quality of life in it.
Economics and pseudoeunotia with the installation of street lights
Due to the limited city budget, many local authorities make the decision to turn off part of the street lighting at night. A victim of such attempts to save money are sometimes whole streets find themselves in complete darkness in the late hours. Not even affecting while the issues of security on the streets note that this approach is unreasonable.
Local authorities usually don't realize how cheap in reality costs street lighting town. Moreover, very often the decisions about the cuts of night light have to cancel as a result of mass protests of local residents against