Why street lights on all night?

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that's because it has nothing to do with it.
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Then why are headlights required in every state even where there is streetlighting? Should we turn off the headlights instead of the streetlights and save energy that way?
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TKM wrote:

Oh, headlights provide some extra illumination for the driver of the car, but the primary purpose they serve in areas with streetlights, is to make other cars able to see them, and realize they are moving.
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Good point Red Green. Reminds one of a TV item about making methane gas to run farm machnery from animal (and human) waste. Which in some places is used to make sufficient gas for some limited cooking. And some humans burn dried animal dung for cooking food. But this was on a bigger scale on a farm. A chemistry professor from a local university who was involved was asked "Which type of manure/waste is best for making the gas?". His answer was hardly 'scientific'! "Oh", he said. "Don't really know. But the worse it stinks the more gas it seems to make". :-) .
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terry wrote:

It's supposed to be dark at night. That's how the planet was made.
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Just before the recent holiday period some acquaintances who live in a partly developed area, the nearest house is some 200+ feet away across the street and slightly shielded by trees, had their house burgled. It occurred in late afternoon, it gets dark here around 4.0 PM at this time of year. The street lights would have been coming on around that time of day in mid-late December. One of the first things the thief or thieves did was turn on all the lights in the house and the driveway outside. Thus deceiving anyone who did happen to notice that the house was occupied. The alarm system operated and the homeowner was called by the alarm system company at work. But by the time that call was received and the owner arrived home to check they were long gone. All the lights in the house were still on!
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Just before the recent holiday period some acquaintances who live in a partly developed area, the nearest house is some 200+ feet away across the street and slightly shielded by trees, had their house burgled. It occurred in late afternoon, it gets dark here around 4.0 PM at this time of year. The street lights would have been coming on around that time of day in mid-late December. One of the first things the thief or thieves did was turn on all the lights in the house and the driveway outside. Thus deceiving anyone who did happen to notice that the house was occupied. The alarm system operated and the homeowner was called by the alarm system company at work. But by the time that call was received and the owner arrived home to check they were long gone. All the lights in the house were still on!
So, from all the stories and opinios that we've heard about in this thread, sometimes light helps prevent robberies and burglaries and sometimes it doesn't. And, sometimes, it might move crime around. But what light seems to do for sure is to make people feel safer whether they are or not.
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