Jharkhand Chief Minister, Raghubar Das, has directed road-users in the state to keep their vehicles' headlights ON even during daytime from January 2018, so as to reduce accidents.
In addition to this, he plans to set up trauma centres across highways, more prone to accidents.
‘In a meeting of Road Safety Council, the Chief Minister directed that the vehicles should have headlights ON even during daytime. This will be implemented from rural to urban areas and on the highways', says the official report.
The CM states that there are three main reasons for accidents in the state - Not wearing helmets, Drunk driving and High speed.
He also directed the officials to make sure that both the rider and the pillion wears a helmet, while using a two-wheeler. Breath-analyzers are also planned to be issued to Highway Patrols.
Most of the Automotive manufacturers in India sell cars with DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) lately. Hence, this new rule could pertain only to older cars. However, always keeping the headlights ON could affect the battery life and other electrical systems in some old cars.