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Date: 10 Feb 2003 19:26:07 GMT
Subject: Re: front foglights

Someone who looks an awful lot like tom reingold <> wrote: > Why is there a law prohibiting the use of foglights when they are not > necessary? I don't see that they do any harm, unlike high beams, which > do plenty of harm when they're not needed. I think there is confusion (not saying here, just in general) about the fact that foglights, and driving lights, are two entirely different things. Driving lights (like my Sonett III has behind the grille) are ultra-high beams, very directional down the road, and would be horrible in an oncoming driver's eyes. In the Sonett at least, these lights can only come on when the high-beams are on, for just this reason. Foglights, on the other hand, would be pretty benign to oncoming drivers (dorky looking in good weather, but not blinding) because their light is distributed much lower. High beams in fog are no good at all, and driving lights in fog are even worse. I'd guess that if there's legislation against using them, it's because whoever wrote the laws didn't understand the distinction or that there even is a distinction. Dave "Now, to fit those red&white strobes behind my 9-5 grille..." Hinz (Firefighter/EMT)

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