The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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February 24, 2013

Brynaert joins legislative push for daytime lights



“I’m more interested in a real education program on this,” Rest said.

Current Minnesota law requires lights “from sunset to sunrise; at any time when it’s raining, snowing, sleeting or hailing; at any other time when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog or other conditions.”

Sugden, who was a pilot until giving up flying at age 81 and who was still directing traffic outside civic center events as an 85-year-old police reservist, said he keeps a close eye on traffic safety issues when he’s driving around town. Just this week, he noted that low-profile white vehicles were harder to see even on a bright sunny day — something that would have been alleviated if the cars’ lights were on.

As for concern that people would forget to turn their lights off and be faced with a dead battery when they returned, Sugden suggested a low-tech solution: a Post-It note reminder by the ignition stating “Lights!”

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