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(NL Times (Netherlands))   Shutting off highway lights overnight to cut electricity bills actually costs more than it saves because contractors need to manually light up all the extra accident scenes. Who knew?   (nltimes.nl) divider line 18
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2014-01-30 08:33:24 PM
8 votes:
Well obviously you want to shut them off at night; it would be stupid to shut them off during the day when there is far more traffic.
2014-01-30 08:30:23 PM
4 votes:
Pfffft, Netherland, that's not really even a place, is it, since Michael Jackson died?
2014-01-30 08:29:17 PM
3 votes:

big pig peaches: I don't know how things work over in Europe, but in the US construction crews and emergency workers use extra utility lighting regardless of the street lights.


You pretty much have to. The 8-12 lux of highway lighting is enough to guide a vehicle down a road, but not enough to see anything well enough to do real work.

/hooray I'm the Fark expert in a thread for once
2014-01-30 11:26:11 PM
1 votes:
1. Turn off lights at night
2. Listen for accidents
3. Harvest organs
4. Profit
2014-01-30 10:50:02 PM
1 votes:
So, if I'm reading TFA right, the problem isn't that there are more accidents, but that the unions made them hire special contractors who charge hefty fees to turn some farking lights on at the accident scenes that happen anyway.

So, the cleanup crew that gets sent out to the accident scene needs light to do their work.  So they have to call the light turner oners, who come out and turn the lights on.  But having the lights always be on would be cheaper than paying the light turner oner.

And apparently nobody has considered allowing the cleanup crews to turn the lights on themselves?  I guess because the security to prevent members of the general public from flicking a light switch on and off rapidly (oh, ask your dad about how much more expensive that is) is too complicated and you have to be properly trained in the toggle mechanism they use?

It's kind of amazing how overcomplicated the act of turning lights on has become.
2014-01-30 09:42:38 PM
1 votes:

TheOther: JohnnyC: We waste an enormous amount of money on streetlights. I really dislike light pollution in general...

Glad to see at least one country moving in the right direction on that.

Yeah...can't see the stars at noon because of the stoopid sun!


The Sun is a star stoopid!
2014-01-30 09:21:57 PM
1 votes:

de_Selby: I must say - leaving France and entering Belgium at night is a joy because of the well-lit highways.


Also, you're leaving France.
2014-01-30 09:21:15 PM
1 votes:

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Only morons need streetlights at night, and then only in residential areas.


Because you rarely see morons on the road driving, you may have a point.
2014-01-30 09:21:02 PM
1 votes:
I must say - leaving France and entering Belgium at night is a joy because of the well-lit highways.
2014-01-30 09:18:16 PM
1 votes:

Fano: Question for Cecil Adams: Why do we never see people changing out the lightbulbs? I'm sure it doesn't take long, but there are lots of lights, so you should expect to see a crew out somewhere at some time. Just like you never saw people collecting money from payphones.


The aliens have their cloaking device engaged while they change out the bulbs.  They're like illegal immigrants doing work nobody else wants to do, except they have flying saucers.
2014-01-30 09:09:15 PM
1 votes:

JohnnyC: We waste an enormous amount of money on streetlights. I really dislike light pollution in general...

Glad to see at least one country moving in the right direction on that.


Yeah...can't see the stars at noon because of the stoopid sun!
2014-01-30 09:02:21 PM
1 votes:
I love the consequences of unintended consequences.
2014-01-30 08:47:40 PM
1 votes:
Not to mention the extra accidents.
2014-01-30 08:42:01 PM
1 votes:
Question for Cecil Adams: Why do we never see people changing out the lightbulbs? I'm sure it doesn't take long, but there are lots of lights, so you should expect to see a crew out somewhere at some time. Just like you never saw people collecting money from payphones.
2014-01-30 08:40:40 PM
1 votes:

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Only morons need streetlights at night, and then only in residential areas.


Morons, and people who don't want their cars run into by morons.  So, everyone.
2014-01-30 08:40:02 PM
1 votes:

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Only morons need streetlights at night, and then only in residential areas.


Well with no natural predators to thin the herd we like 90% morans now.
2014-01-30 08:36:40 PM
1 votes:
Well at least they have windmills to keep them cool.
2014-01-30 08:21:34 PM
1 votes:
LEAN at its best. "We can save X by doing Y!!!"

Later, you discover "Y" costs 5 times as much.
 
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