Department of Transportation

Lights off between 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM

I think that turning off street lights between 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM would be a great cost and energy savings for the country. Drivers are ultimately responsible for the safe operation of their vehicles and not over riding their headlights. These hours do not fall within peak transit hours and turning them off would have minimal impact on safety. Most commercial drivers are off the roads at these time as well as most private drivers. Most clubs, eating locations, movie theaters, etc. close at 1:00 AM so this would still allow folks out late to safely commute home. Most wildlife is most active and present an increased risk of crossing roads just before sunrise and sunset, so again these hours miss peak times. This could easily present a 33% saving in electricity in the spring and summer months and almost 25% savings in electricity in the fall and winter months.

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Idea No. 3970