...whichever Ontario Provincial Police officer was driving westbound on the 401 near McCowan Road at 4 p.m. last Friday afternoon, come on!
I know police cars have their Daytime Running Lights (DRL) disabled because they might have to sneak up on the Bad Guys during a stake-out or whatever.
But you weren't sneaking up on anybody. It was broad daylight, and you didn't have your roof lights or anything on, so obviously you were not in a hurry.
But NO lights at all?
Like I said, come on.
Flick the little switch on the dashboard.
Earlier last week, I was driving in Tennessee on a Nissan event. It always feels a bit odd to drive in the USA because few cars have DRL, and up here we get used to seeing cars coming towards us with lights on.
The former editor of Car and Driver magazine seemed to think DRL was some sort of communist plot, but I digress...
It was raining for much of the time I was there, and during those times I actually saw far more cars with full headlights on there than I typically see here.
Tennessee is one of 27 of those United States of America which has a 'wipers on, lights on' law - if rain or fog requires the wipers to be operating, this law requires you to also switch on your full headlights.
While headlights on all the time regardless of time of day or weather is still the only truly sensible way to do it, maybe 'wipers on, lights on' is a bit more sensible than Daytime Running Lights.
As I have said many times, with DRL you do see light on the road ahead of you, and your dash is lit up, so there's no obvious indication that you have no taillights - which, in the vast majority of cars, you do not with DRL.
Especially on freeways where we do so much of our driving, and at higher speeds, it might be argued that taillights are even more important than headlights.
Since our federal government won't do the right thing and make DRL also work the taillights - or at least not allow the dash to be lit up under DRL, which might give brain-dead drivers half a clue - and since most car companies won't do the right thing and stop letting their customers drive around in poor weather conditions as sitting ducks for other drivers who can't see them, maybe our provincial governments have to step up with amendments to the individual Highway Traffic Acts (those being a Provincial/Territorial responsibility) to make 'wipers on, lights on' mandatory.
No, wait - those are the same people who paint the road markings so the right lane keeps disappearing, and who keep building stoplight-controlled intersections instead of roundabouts.
Geez - does nobody give a damn about traffic safety?
Two thousand five hundred deaths a year? September 11, every single year?
Like I said, come on.