I'm generally supportive of what you're trying to accomplish, but I'm going to have to part company with you on this explanation. Forgetting to turn your lights on at dusk does definitely increase your chances of a collision. If you're equating that with disabling your DRLs, then you're essentially saying that disabling them does create a diminished safety condition equivalent to never turning your lights on at dusk.Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I don’t think that not having drls make me any more likely to have an accident than say I forget to turn my headlights on at dusk bc I think my lights are already on and not have any tail lights on.
Personally, I would like LED headlights, but I'll wait to do the upgrade until there's a solution that doesn't involve compromise. Right now the compromise is either have the DRLs at full high-beam brightness or turn them off completely. Many people reason that DRLs were never a requirement until recently, so your safety is no worse than if you were driving a pre-DRL car. But I think drivers are growing more and more accustomed to seeing DRLs, and thus becoming more likely to overlook a car without them, making cars without DRLs progressively less safe over time.
I base this on my own experience with center brake lights. I learned to drive before center brake lights were required, so you'd think it wouldn't matter to me whether the car in front of me has one or not. But in practice I find that if the car in front of me has a burned out brake light, I'm slower to notice he's on the brakes if it's the center light that's out. At some point between 1985 and now, they've become what I notice first, and I think DRLs are gradually changing driver attention habits in a similar way. So I don't want my car to eventually become the kind of car that's not noticed until it's too late.