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I'm from the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. I was a woodworker for about 12 years. Well, up until I had the rug pulled out from under my feet, and I was laid off. I got back into photography in 2008 and decided to give that a try professionally, but haven't made any money so far because rednecks, white trash, and hicks are cheap. So, I'm working in a local grocery store where some days I hear and see the craziest stuff. I tend to complain a lot about things, but I'm too poor to afford a good therapist. So, I decided to make a blog and complain online to all of you instead. But I digress. I really just wanted to do the blog to share ideas and stories with the interwebz. =D
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Um... Your High Beams Are On...


When the heck did headlights get so dang bright? Sure, you need to see where you're going, but so does that person coming straight at you at 60 miles an hour. And when was it suddenly legal to be running more than four lights on your pickup truck? Hello! You're not cool. You're an asshole.

Last time I looked, (and that was this evening to be sure) Georgia Code 40-8-22 states:

"(a) Every motor vehicle other than a motorcycle or motor driven cycle shall be equipped with at least two but not more than four headlights, with at least one on each side of the front of the motor vehicle, which headlights shall comply with the requirements and limitations set forth in this article."

And when did we stop dimming headlights for oncoming traffic? (Georgia Code 40-8-31) That one should just be plain common courtesy. I mean after all, the oncoming car is traveling at high speeds, and is about to come within inches of you. Don't you think you should at least give that driver a chance to see where he/she needs to be going. The phrase "follow the light" doesn't need to be interpreted literally here.

My wife and I went out tonight, and on the way home, we had to go around the city of Royston due to the Christmas parade that takes up miles of both major highways that pass through town. We had to travel down some narrow, curvy, and unpainted backroads. We weren't the only ones. Any local who knew the way around town was out on the same roads too. My guess is that this is the most traffic in a 24 hour period that some of these roads ever see. I've never in my life passed so many people with high beams still on and more than four headlights running. There were times when all I could do was to put on the brakes to keep from hitting them head on, or running ourselves off the road.

I know headlights are getting bigger and brighter on cars, and I know that Sylvania SilverStar Ultra are really bright and safe, but there's got to be a point where oncoming traffic's safety is important too.

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