Indeed the use of high beam lights by motorists is risky for other road-users (High Beam Horror, SOM dated July 19). Use of high beam is rampant not only on peripheral roads of the city, but also in the heart of the city.
However, it is very difficult to catch such violators as providing proof will be difficult for such violation at busy city centre. As a Traffic Warden, I have experience of seeing very few drivers responding to the instructions to dim the lights. Many drivers do not even have courtesy to dim their vehicle lights when the drivers of the vehicles coming in the opposite direction used dim and dip.
As rightly pointed out in the report, some vehicle users, as if they are blind or partially blind, switch on all possible lights fitted (like halogen bulbs and projectors) to the vehicle and pose danger to other road- users. Giving a punishment of driving against a high beam light continuously for at least 10 min to such violators, instead of asking to pay a fine of a hundred rupees (as per pre-revised rates), which they can easily pay and escape from the scene, might reduce this dangerous menace, and make them understand the gravity of their violation. Then only they can realise the problems of using high beam lights.
– Dr. S. V. N. Vijayendra, Traffic Warden, Roopanagar, 20.7.2019
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