I'm pretty sure there is a law that you need working brake lights.
In fact I think the Feds have now made some sort of law for us EV Geeks about decelerating above a certain G rate requires a brake light.
Can't understand why you feel strongly about this subject,, especially with your history.
Um, yeah. When it comes to safety inspection, if my brake lights don't work when the brake pedal is depressed, I fail, and I should. That much I will concede.
So I'm a minority as an EV driver that also happens to be in the minority on the subject of brake light control.
I don't agree with the G rate thing. How is what I want any different than dropping it from 6th to 2nd in my 2006 Civic Si? I'm pretty sure that didn't activate the brake lights. If I grab a handful of (or step on) the e-brake has that traditionally activated the brake lights? Maybe it does, I honestly don't know, but would not expect it.
Some good has come of this, it did prompt me to become more acquainted with the Spark EV parking / emergency brake.
I tested it after dark, and just as I hoped it would not, engaging the parking / emergency brake while rolling with lights off engaged the brake lights. Do "normal" cars do that? Oh well.
My argument is simply a desire to have "control freak" freedom vs. what is obviously more safe. I had freedom before, and kind of took it for granted. Now I seem to be in the minority, so I lose.
On a brighter note, if you've never experimented with use of the Spark EV parking / emergency brake, try it sometime when it's not an emergency. It's a rather foreign experience, for me at least, but with a little practice, if an emergency arises, hopefully you will have the feel and muscle memory. That's the good that's come out of this discussion in my case.