Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sun Glare While Driving – December 2016

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Sun Glare May Have Been Factor In Rear-End Crash That Claimed The Life Of One Student | Lawsuit Financial Corporation

“While many of us may think of driving in weather conditions such as rain, snow, or fog, as potentially dangerous, this does not mean we can be less attentive when driving on a clear day. Driving on a sunny day can also create a dangerous, and sometimes deadly situation if the driver’s view is compromised by the glaring sun.

A 7-year-old girl was killed and ten others injured when an East Texas school van was rear-ended by a pick-up truck. According to reports, the van was struck while it was stopped to pick up children. Authorities believe the truck driver may have been blinded by the sun while coming over a hill and upon the stopped van.

Glare is not only a problem when motorists are driving into the sun; many motorists will run a red light because of the sun glare. Irrelevant, glares should never come as a surprise; we all know the sun comes up and it goes down. So how can you protect yourself and others on the road when driving into the sun?

AAA offers these tips:

  • Keep your windshield clean, inside and out.
  • Wear quality sunglasses with polarized lenses and UV protection to help reduce the glare.
  • Utilize your sun visor – it can help to block out the sun.
  • Leave more following room – when the sun is in your eyes it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing.
  • Turn headlights on so oncoming motorists can see you as they're driving toward the sun.
  • Drive slower, even below the posted speed. It's against the law to drive at speeds in excess of road conditions.
  • Use the same precautions and care as driving in other hazardous conditions, like fog or rain. If you can't see, don't drive.
  • If possible, change your driving route.”…

Drivers warned to stay safe from low sun glare | Gloucestershire Live

sun glare

“Drivers are being warned to protect themselves from low dazzling winter sun.

At this time of year, the glare from the sun can be a danger to drivers.

Being blinded, even if just for a couple of seconds, is still enough time for an accident to occur. Remember that even if the dazzling sun is behind you, then it could be affecting the people travelling towards you.

There are some precautions that you can take to protect yourself.

Here are some tips.”…

Read on… via @GlosLiveOnline

This past November a busy month for crashes involving sun glare

Overturned Bus

Another left turn and sun glare crash - so dangerous >

Two Children Injured In Omaha Crash | NewsRadio 1110 KFAB

“Two children were injured, one critically, in a two vehicle crash near 103rd and Blair High Road around 8:30 Monday morning.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department says an eastbound SUV was heading toward I-680 and collided with a westbound van that was making a left turn onto 103rd Street.

Investigators say sun glare may have been a factor in the crash.”…

Sun glare may have led to collision >

Serious injuries reported in crash at 103rd and Blair High Road | KETV

“Two children suffered serious injuries in a crash Monday morning near 103rd Street and Blair High Road.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says sun glare may have led to the collision.

"The unfortunate thing with this road, especially at this time of the year, [is] you're driving right into the sun when you're driving eastbound," Capt. Eric Sellers said.

RT @KevinFrankish: Ever wonder why so many people on the road drive without lights at night?  You may be one of them and not even know it.

> Great post @KevinFrankish. People simply need to know their vehicle. Not all headlights/tail lights are automatic. Just check!

Sun glare could be cause of deadly Harnett County wreck, troopers say | via @WRAL 

One person died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle Harnett County wreck, authorities said.

“One person died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle Harnett County wreck, authorities said.

The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. near 1653 Sheriff Johnson Road, Lillington. Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said a driver of a black vehicle ran a stop sign and crashed into a silver vehicle at the intersection.”…

“Troopers said sun beaming into the black vehicle's windshield could have been the cause of the wreck.”

New School Route Safety Measures Planned by City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro School District | Oregon Live

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“School route safety has been an ongoing priority for both the City of Hillsboro and the Hillsboro School District. The City and School District are working to enhance protection near two Hillsboro schools in response to recent vehicle collisions involving pedestrians and a bicyclist.

At the intersection of SE Johnson Street and SE 75th Avenue, near Ladd Acres Elementary School, students and parents will see several safety improvements. The crosswalk of the intersection is where a mother and her two children were struck by a vehicle in September in a collision the driver attributed to sun blindness:

  • No parking signs have been added to reinforce visibility at the crosswalk.
  • Stencils will be added to the roadway to alert approaching drivers that they are approaching a designated "SCHOOL" crossing.
  • City employees and School District staff will continue to evaluate safety needs to ensure signage is visible and no other action is necessary. While City staff do not believe that a rapid rectangular flashing beacon (RRFB) would have prevented the sun blindness issues cited by the driver in the September crash, City employees will continue to work with School District staff to assess safety needs here and throughout the city in determining a prioritized list for future RRFB installations.

Less than a mile away, at the intersection of SE Frances Street and SE 74th Avenue, near Brown Middle School, students and parents will also see several safety improvements. The intersection is the site of a similar collision in September in which the driver attributed the accident to fogged windows and sun glare:

  • The existing school zone will be moved further to the west and the existing flashing beacon will be moved in front of the crosswalk at Francis Street and 74th Avenue. This will reduce drivers' speed at this crosswalk to 20 miles per hour.
  • The Hillsboro School District will reposition a crossing guard from Cornelius Pass Road to 74th Avenue during the morning commute and evening release at Brown Middle School.
  • Stencils will be added to the roadway to alert approaching drivers that they are approaching a designated "SCHOOL" crossing.
  • City employees and School District staff will continue to evaluate safety needs to ensure signage is visible and no other action is necessary.

The City and School District will collaborate on educational materials for students and parents that describe safe walking, biking, and driving behaviors. One of the central messages of the materials will be the importance of being alert and aware, and not making assumptions about visibility and safety at crosswalks.”…

Driver charged, passing in sun glare >

One woman injured in Ohio 13 crash | Mansfield News Journal

Ohio 13 crash

“One woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash at Ohio 13 and Ohio 96 Thursday afternoon.

Brian Maiyer, 47, of Mansfield was driving a gold 2005 Chevy Equinox south on Ohio 13, and a 54-year-old woman from Wellington was driving a green 2006 Hyundai Elantra north on Ohio 13.

Trooper Duane Hunsicker with the Ohio Highway Patrol said the woman's first name is Lisa, but declined to give her last name.

Hunsicker said Maiyer tried to pass a vehicle in front of him, going left of center, and could not see the woman's vehicle due to sun glare. The woman tried to swerve her vehicle out of the way, but the vehicles collided just after 3 p.m., according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.”…

RT @ONtransport: In 2013, 39% of drivers killed on Ontario’s roads had drugs in their system. #DriveSober

> RT @ReconGeniTPS: I suspect that these drug-related #collision #statistics will be on the rise soon: weed & drivers just don't mix! #Recon #driveSober #fatal4

@ReconGeniTPS Can't you charge impaired with or without a 'number'?

> RT @ReconGeniTPS: @SunPosition Yes, impaired driving charges may be laid based upon driving observations & driver behaviour. Need reasonable probable grounds to arrest 1st

> @ReconGeniTPS Good, that's what I thought. Tough to prove in court though? What's the success rate for convictions?

> RT @ReconGeniTPS: @SunPosition Don't have data on conviction rates but it's dependant upon officer explaining their grounds to arrest. Plus in-car video helps a lot too!

Legally Speaking: Blinded By The Light | via @velonews

“Roadies are used to hardship; it comes with the territory. We ride countless base miles, grueling workouts, before sunrise and after sunset and all hours in between — often in extreme weather conditions — to prepare for the race where we finally put all of our training on the line.

This makes us tough and fit, but it can often put us in harm’s way, sometimes without us even realizing the danger — one of the greatest hazards cyclists may face is the rising or setting sun. In fact, two cyclists I’ve raced with have been lost to the sun’s blinding glare.”…

“16.4 percent of all crashes caused by "atmospheric conditions" are the result of blindness due to sun glare”

Left turn + sun glare >

Police urge caution after Lowell pedestrian crashes | Lowell Sun

“In a week that has seen four separate incidents of people being struck by motor vehicles, officials and safety experts urged drivers and pedestrians to exercise caution on the roads.”…

“A 19-year-old driver was turning left from Arcand Drive to Father Morrissette Boulevard when, she told police, she was blinded by sun glare and struck a 70-year-old man who was walking. The driver had a green light at the time, police said, and the man suffered a minor head injury.

Glare can pose a challenge to drivers, especially during winter months when the sun is lower on the horizon and shines directly through the windshield into drivers' eyes, said AAA spokesman John Paul.”…

Cheers, Ralph

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – December 2016

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, and to specific projects with sun/shade issues in particular. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

RT @adamadonaldson: Staff says this design should reduce the shadow impact. Many delegates tonight will disagree.

Shadow concerns >

Winthrop Square Project Meeting on December 5 | Beacon Hill Times

The tower Millennium Partners would like to build would extend shadows for as long as 90 minutes in the morning over the Boston Common and Public Garden.

“The Boston Planning Development Agency (BPDA) will be holding a meeting regarding the controversial proposed building for 115 Winthrop Square in Downtown Boston  on Monday December 5, from 6:30  to 8:30 pm at the Suffolk Law School at 120 Tremont Street. The meeting will discuss the multi-use tower that might rise as high as 775 feet above Boston’s skyline.

The proposed tower, which is slated to replace the current deteriorated Winthrop Square Garage, will cast a long shadow a third of a mile away onto historic parks including the Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, breaking the existing shadow laws.”…

“The current laws restrict any new shadows on the parks outside of certain permitted conditions. This will need to be modified in order to permit this or any other tall project to proceed on this site.

The Winthrop Square project will be reviewed under Article 80 of the Boston Zoning Code, along with a continuation of the community participation.

There was an Impact Advisory Group (IAG) meeting for this project held on Monday, November 28, where IAG members worked closely with the BPDA staff to identify the impacts of the project and recommended appropriate community benefits to offset those impacts.

The Friends of the Public Garden who have consistently advocated for protecting the public parks from excessive shadow and wind resulting from development projects that would harm these green spaces came out asking for a solution to prevent this from happening.

“As you know, in 1990, the Friends worked with elected officials and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (now the BPDA) to draft and enact legislation to protect the Boston Common and Public Garden from damaging new shadows,” wrote Liz Vizza the executive director of Friends of the Public Garden in a statement.

She continued, “This shadow protection has worked as intended – it has successfully protected our parks, while allowing robust development to continue in the city. Now, 25 years later, we are facing a new generation of buildings that challenge our parks.”

Vizza states that the Friends of the Public Garden believes that a comprehensive solution needs to be made to downtown development projects that threaten to cast shadows on the parks and do not conform to the current legislation.”…

Proud to have 7 Clients on this list >

The top 10 Toronto developments on @BuzzBuzzHome in November 2016

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Here's what the shadow from the Winthrop Square tower could look like | via @BostonGlobe

“There’s been a lot said lately about the shadows that a massive skyscraper planned for Winthrop Square would cast on Boston Common and the Public Garden.

Its developers are hoping that some pictures will be worth more than words.

Millennium Partners has released animations showing precisely where — and for how long — its proposed 750-foot tower would cast shade on the two historic parks, which are protected by state laws that ban shadows from new buildings in most of downtown Boston.”…

Shadow concerns >

Complaints about PS332 roil CB 11 meeting | TimesLedger

“A representative from the School Construction Authority vexed residents at Monday’s Community Board 11 meeting when he announced progress has been made on the construction of PS 332 in Bayside. The new school raised concerns over decreased property values and aggravating already congested traffic conditions.

About 50 people attended the meeting.

Construction on the controversial school, which will have 468 seats in a four-story building containing 20,000 square feet, began in the summer of 2015. The SCA has projected the school at 210-07 48th Ave. on the former Keil Bros. property will be completed by next September. It is supposed to relieve overcrowding at PS 31, 41, 159, 162 and 203, which are operating at more than 100 percent of capacity.

What started as spirited display of progress by SCA Director of External Affairs Michael Mirasola became an acrimonious meeting in the MS 158 auditorium at 46-35 Oceania St. when the residents began voicing grievances. One resident complained about the building cast houses in permanent shadow and rendered adjacent homes “unsellable” due to the proximity of the facility.

“There is no such thing as a perfect school,” Mirasola responded. “We have to make concessions and sometimes there is a shadow. Every building we build, there is a shadow. It’s regrettable, but it’s just a fact of life.””…

Shadows on Boston Common >

The trouble with Winthrop Square | via @BostonGlobe

Architect’s rendering of the proposed tower at Winthrop square.

“A POPULAR DEVELOPER wants to take a decrepit, shuttered garage off the city’s hands and build a 750-foot Xanadu of glass and steel in its place.”…

“Plenty, say parks advocates and preservationists, who fear a slippery slope if Boston Mayor Martin Walsh succeeds in getting around a 1990 law that protects Boston’s historic parks from shadows cast by tall buildings.

Few really believe the mayor’s assurances that the exemption he is seeking would apply only to the garage development at Winthrop Square. Other developers who have been stymied by the shadow law would surely demand equal treatment. “This would be the beginning of shadow creep,” said Elizabeth Vizza, executive director of Friends of the Public Garden. Soon Boston could become like New York City, where super-tall towers are being constructed along Central Park South, throwing long, thin shadows, almost like prison bars, across the city’s lungs.

In a presentation last month, Millennium Partners, the site’s developer, admitted that shadows cast by the building would violate the law on more than half the days of the year on the Boston Common, and for about 100 days on the Public Garden. The much-loved, much-used lawn on Boston Common has a hard enough time without the added insult of shade, a horticultural condition that can’t easily be fixed with more water or fertilizer. And these are not just any parks — they are close to sacred ground in Boston, two of the city’s diminishing number of noncommercial civic spaces that are free and open to all.”…

“Rather than mitigate the impact of the shadows with expensive side benefits, why not just mitigate the shadows? Millennium Partners could deploy its army of architects and planners to find a new design or a new way to develop Winthrop Square. A tower of roughly 400 feet would be in compliance with the law. That wouldn’t be nearly as lucrative or yield the city the same amount of quick cash, but it would let the sun shine in.”

Winthrop Square Project Draws Large Crowd Over Shadows | Beacon Hill Times

“A packed courtroom at the Suffolk Law School laid the stage for the first public meeting held for the proposed tower at 115 Winthrop Square by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) on Monday, December 5.

Members of the community voiced their concerns over amending the current Shadow Laws to allow a 775-foot high mix-use tower to be built, casting additional shadows onto the historic parks The Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

On the Boston Common and the Public Garden current Shadow Law requires that no new shadow should be cast one hour after either sunrise or one hour before sunset. In order for the current laws to change the developers, Millennium Partners, will need legislative approval from both the city and state to proceed.

In order for this building to be within the current Shadow Laws the proposed tower would have to be cut in half to be from 350 feet to 440 feet tall.”…

RT @Barrie411: The developer of a huge downtown Barrie condo is branching out, into the east end | Barrie Examiner

“The developer of a huge downtown Barrie condo is branching out, into the east end.

Advance Tech Developments announced plans Friday for a $50-million, 238-unit residential condominium at 290 Georgian Dr.

“That is the highest elevation in Barrie and we've actually scoped out that area in terms of what the views look like,” said Joe Santos of Advance Tech. “So it has a tremendous view of Oro (Medonte Township) and Little Lake, but also you can see the outline of Lake Simcoe all the way down to Keswick.”

Santos said the zoning is already in place for the property, and that Advance Tech is talking to city planning staff about a site plan.

To be near Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), it's to be high-end condo living called 'The Vic'.

Santos said the property's zoning allows 15 storeys, and this project's height will be in that range.”…

Shadow cast by proposed Providence skyscrapers among concerns | Providence Journal

“The chairman of the 195 commission said Friday that a New York developer's proposal to build three high-rise towers raises "some significant urban planning issues due to its scale and design."

However, I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Chairman Joseph F. Azrack said the proposal from Jason Fane and The Fane Organization is "clearly a significant and serious development proposal that we have to review."

Consultants hired to study the project are expected to report back within a couple of weeks, and the commission will likely meet and review their findings early in the new year.

Azrack is concerned whether:

- The shadow cast by the towers would lessen the appeal of a park to the east.

- The 60-to-70-foot base for the towers could block a walkway between the waterfront to downtown.

- Pedestrians to the west of the towers could see the park and pedestrians on the new bridge across the Providence River could see downtown.”…

Very cool >

Mapping the Shadows of New York City: Every Building, Every Block | New York Times

…”Sunlight and shadow shape the character and rhythm of New York’s public spaces. They have the power to control the flow of foot traffic on our city streets and decide which plazas hum with activity and commerce and which stay barren and desolate. And probably most noticeably, they have the power to change the rent. In most parts of America, sunlight is not debated the way it is in New York, where the city’s thirst for living space, working space and economic growth has turned the sun into a virtual commodity.”…

As Nearby Valencia Development Looms, Zeitgeist Files Review To Protect Beer Garden From Shadow | via @SFist


“Zeitgeist, among San Francisco's best known bars and choice few beer gardens, celebrates its 40th anniversary next month, having recently attained Legacy Business status in its wizened, grizzly old age. But just as that event nears, a literal shadow on the horizon could threaten the establishment's crown jewel, that seasonally sun-drenched patio area, and therefore its livelihood as a business, or so general manager Gideon Bush informs SFist.

A development at 198 Valencia Street at the Northwest corner of Valencia and Duboce — currently an oil changing business and its parking lot directly across from Zeitgeist's 199 Valencia address — is nearing approval, and while Bush explains that the project has been in the pipeline for some years, since 2013 according to Socketsite, the bar has recently discovered the effect of shadow that would be cast by the current designs for a five-story condo building with commercial ground floor space.

The realization occurred following shadow analysis performed in accordance with 1984 San Francisco Proposition K, the so-called "Sunlight Ordinance" which restricts buildings that cast shadows on public spaces such as parks. Just north of Zeitgeist and its neighboring business Black Heart Tattoo is a small sliver public space, SoMa West Dog Park, tucked beside the 101. "Through that [review] we realized the shadow cast by this building will a have a significant impact during what we call our busy season, the months of March through about late November, when we get that late summer that sun Francisco is so well known for," Bush told SFist.

Zeitgeist has filed a discretionary review to voice its concerns, as have other nearby businesses with different ones. As Bush Clarifies, "While the building won't completely take away our sunshine, it will have an impact from 4:30 p.m. to about sunset, when people are getting off work and might want to enjoy the last few hours of daylight. That would cease to exist at Zeitgeist if this development goes through as planned."”…

Zeitgeist, Concerned Over Shadow, Opposing Mission District Housing Project | Mission Local

Zeitgeist's sunny patio. Photo courtesy of Zeitgeist.

“A chilly afternoon in the middle of December didn’t stop regulars from venturing out onto the patio of one of the Mission’s most popular bars, Zeitgeist. But the manager there, Gideon Bush, fears that the shadow cast by a five-story building expected to go up across the street just might.

Bush said the building, a five-story, 28-unit mixed-use building with a ground floor commercial space, will cast a shadow on the beer bar’s popular outdoor space during its peak use times — March through October, he said, the shade would cost the bar business.”…

A life in the shadows: Take a look at some of Manhattan's darkest and brightest streets | The Architect's Newspaper

A life in the shadows: Take a look at some of Manhattan's darkest and brightest street. The Manhattan Skyline at Dusk. (Courtesy Bobby Mikul)

“A comprehensive shadow study of Manhattan has been done by the New York Times. The analysis plots average shadows over the course of the year from every building in Manhattan shedding light (or rather shade) on New York’s gloomiest and brightest streets.

By hovering over areas of the map, one can find out how much a certain street spends its time in the shadows. This data is presented as a percentage of daylight hours and is split in three to account for different times of year: Summer, Winter, and Spring/Fall. The amount of time a particular area is shadowed is written as a unit of time. For example, the intersection of Broadway and Murray Street spends on average: Four hours and 35 minutes in shadow during the Summer (38 percent); two hours and 34 minutes in shadow during Fall/Spring (29 percent) and two hours and 47 minutes in shadow during the Winter (46 percent).”…

N.W. rec centre blinding motorists | Calgary Sun

Rocky Ridge recreation facility

“What's been described as an inspiring piece of architecture in the city's far northwest is proving too brilliant for some passing motorists.

Northwest Coun. Ward Sutherland said he's received complaints about the intense glare thrown by the gold-coloured metallic panels on the exterior of the Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility being built at Country Hills Blvd. and Rocky Ridge Rd. N.W.

Motorists are most affected by the briefly-blinding reflections off the $205-million building whose fluid, rounded curves mimic the surrounding hills, said Sutherland.

"Depending on the time of day and the angle of the sun, when they look at it, it makes it a bit difficult for them," he said.

"When I've driven by it, it kind of hurt my eyes."

That same problem was also glimpsed by Tessa Sakamoto, president of the Rocky Ridge Royal Oak Community Association.

"It was something I noticed driving past at sunset, the glare of it was quite bright on the eyes," she said.

Sutherland said during a tour of the construction site, he learned officials with builder PCL were aware of the potential reflection problems but assured him it wouldn't be permanent.

The type of metal used in the panels, he said, will lose their glossiness in about five months' time, he said.”…

Cheers, Ralph

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – December 2016

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Our monthly sunrise/sunset tables have been updated.

A few of the samples include:

RT @MurrayXavier: Powerless digital sundial! …printer files: @SunPosition have you seen this?!

> .@MurrayXavier Yes, amazing sundial isn't it!! This certainly trumps my SunChips billboard lol.

billboard pic


4-mile shadow flicker >

Protest against turbine plans in Gaoth Dobhair | Donegal Democrat

Protest against turbine plans in Gaoth Dobhair

“Local residents are to stage a protest at Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Derrybeg offices tomorrow over a planning application for a wind turbine at the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park.

About 70 people attended a public meeting last night on the issue, where a proposal for the protest came from the floor.”…

““Those people around the 500-metre perimeter [from the turbine] will be affected by the noise, they will be very badly affected by the noise,” Mr. Ó Maonaigh said. “Those people living to the west and the north west to a distance of four miles will be affected by the flicker effect, especially at this time of year.” The flicker effect occurs when the blades of a turbine cast a shadow over a window and the rotation of the blades causes the shadow to flicker.”…

Wow, courtroom has jury box on each side, in event AM or PM sun glare too strong >

Cardell Hayes-Will Smith trial | The Times-Picayune

…”Courtroom observers on the first day of testimony before Criminal District Judge Camille Buras included current and former Saints players Drew Brees, Deuce McAllister, Steve Gleason, Roman Harper and Jahri Evans. Sitting on the front row behind the defense table was New Orleans bounce music artist Big Freedia, a cousin of Hayes. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro also made an appearance, huddling with prosecutors before the first state's witness was called.

Criminal District Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson watched the attorneys' opening statements from a seat in the unoccupied jury box on the left side of the courtroom. Buras' large courtroom is one of the few in the building that has a jury box on each side of the room, allowing for the jury to be moved if morning or afternoon sun glare is too strong.”…

RT @weatherchannel: The #winter #solstice has just occurred (5:44 a.m. ET). The science behind this "moment in time".

> Welcome winter solstice. The days are getting longer again.

Time-lapse video of winter solstice in Fairbanks Alaska in 2012. (Credit: Taro Nakai) -

> Had the pleasure of being in Fairbanks Alaska in 2009, but in late spring. Quite the opposite effect with very few hours of darkness.


Cheers, Ralph

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sun Glare While Driving – November 2016

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Patrol: speed and sun glare may be to blame >

Motorcyclist Killed in Collision Near Lander | via @kgabradio

Joy Greenwald, Townsquare Media

“A Lander man is dead after his motorcycle collided with a pickup about six miles south of Lander Saturday.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 60-year-old Ryck Pederson was headed west on County Road 414 around 5 p.m., when he crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound pickup.”…

“The Patrol says speed and sun glare may be to blame for the crash.”

When the clocks strike back | Safer Driving

When the clocks strike back

“Clocks go back and we can all look forward to an extra hour in bed. However, what we don’t think about is how this will have an effect on our driving routine. Whether you’re an experienced driver or this is your first time driving in the darker months, at insurethebox we want to make sure your experience is as pleasant, easy and safe as possible.

At this time of year, it starts to get dark earlier and the conditions can become busier and more difficult to drive in, particularly during rush hour. At the end of October and into November, as we adapt to the arrival of early darkness, it can become more dangerous to drive as well with the risk of you having an accident whilst driving increasing by 10%.  More so, if you are driving between 5pm and 8pm, when it’s both dark and busy on the roads, the risk of having an accident rises dramatically by 30%.”…

RT @PaulaStei: @insurethebox warns: young drivers are 30% more likely to crash after Autumn clocks change!

Motorists should be warned about blinding sun | Lethbridge Herald

“Letter to the Editor on October 29, 2016.

With reference to the traffic fatality on Whoop-Up Drive involving a city snow-removal vehicle.

I was travelling west in the centre lane and passed the accident scene seconds after it happened. At the time, I was facing directly into the sun and my forward vision was completely blinded. I was creeping forward afraid if I stopped, this would cause a chain reaction.

The driver of the other vehicle would also have been blinded by the sun and would have never seen the city tractor nor would he have seen pylons or signs.

Every year on this date the setting sun is perfectly aligned to shine directly into the eyes of motorists travelling up the westside hill.

I would suggest the city make a notation of these dates and place a warning sign ahead of time warning motorists of the possibility of a total blinding situation.

Mel Godlonton


After time change this weekend be aware of sun glare 'surprises' while driving as sun rises/sets 1 hr earlier.

After the Time Change be prepared for driving conditions that you may not be used to on your daily commute.

‏RT @JodiesJumpsuit:  In 2007, we lengthened Daylight Savings Time. How has that impacted the health, awareness, and response time of both drivers & pedestrians?

@snobiwan:  @JodiesJumpsuit You know who might know, is @SunPosition

> Tx Andrew @snobiwan. Many articles about effect of time change on drivers, not much about changes in sun angles and glare. @JodiesJumpsuit

@JodiesJumpsuit:  @SunPosition @snobiwan Hi Ralph, thanks! Do you know offhand of any studies that compare pre-2007 effects to post-2007 DST change, if any?

> Not offhand sorry. Have you tried Google?  @JodiesJumpsuit @snobiwan

@snobiwan:  @SunPosition @JodiesJumpsuit Studies on the change in sun angles / glare would be difficult to get a large sample size in, I imagine.

> Correct. Stats on crashes involving sun angles / glare are hard to come by, period. @snobiwan @JodiesJumpsuit

@JodiesJumpsuit:  @SunPosition @snobiwan I think we're at a misunderstanding as to what I was inquiring about but I'll continue my googling. Thanks!

@snobiwan:  @JodiesJumpsuit @SunPosition That may be my fault!

> No worries Andrew, interesting discussion regardless. @snobiwan @JodiesJumpsuit

> Came across this article the other day. @TweeetLorraine @JodiesJumpsuit @snobiwan 

“Could the clocks going back make you crash? Drivers 30% more likely to have an after work accident in month after hour change”

@JodiesJumpsuit:  @SunPosition @snobiwan Thanks for all your assistance, Ralph. I appreciate your courtesy.

> My pleasure. Hope the link I sent you helps a bit. @JodiesJumpsuit @snobiwan

> Here's another article I came across the other day. It may be more to your point, or not:) @JodiesJumpsuit @snobiwan

“The dazzling sunsets that kill 36 drivers in 12 months: Glare contributes to 3,000 accidents and is particularly dangerous at this time of year…”

@TweeetLorraine:  @JodiesJumpsuit @SunPosition @snobiwan I write about this a lot, can I maybe help?

> I'd love to hear your input Lorraine. @TweeetLorraine @JodiesJumpsuit @snobiwan

@JodiesJumpsuit:  @SunPosition @TweeetLorraine @snobiwan I'm looking for anything that compared rates of DST accidents on the old schedule used up to 2007..

@JodiesJumpsuit:  @SunPosition @TweeetLorraine @snobiwan ..and ones after that schedule was changed, if there was anything that +/- from the date change.

@TweeetLorraine:  @JodiesJumpsuit @SunPosition @snobiwan Okay, that I don't know. But it's an interesting topic. I'll look at it. Thank you.

@JodiesJumpsuit:  @SunPosition @TweeetLorraine @snobiwan thanks everyone so much!

@MaxontheCoast:  @SunPosition Thanks for your great tweets. I was rear ended by a sun-blinded driver in 1993 - it hurt. I'm more aware of this phenomenon now.

> Thank you kindly Keith. Glad you're OK. @MaxontheCoast

Note what is NOT visible in this photo... approaching ambulance turning left....

...and a Stop Sign!!

Kudos to @Acura - black tops of dashboard and door panels, which cut sun glare - 2017 Acura MDX >

Ratings and Review: With the updated 2017 MDX, Acura takes a new path on its long quest to redefine itself | New York Daily News


“Every interior color also includes black material for the tops of the dashboard and door panels, which cuts sun glare.”…

Saving lives is more important than blaming "petextrians" | via @drivingdotca @TweeetLorraine

Adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection systems and forward-collision warning systems are the tip of the iceberg as the U.S. NHTSA proposes "talking cars" in a bid to reduce collisions on the road.

“Instead of buying into the blame game, we all need to take responsibility for each other's safety – and, of course, our own.”…

Oh my.  “Distracted walking is actually one of the joys of city living...” >

Drivers need to take responsibility for safer streets: Keenan | via @torontostar @thekeenanwire

Three teens were hit by a vehicle and rushed to hospital on Lawrence Avenue just west of Don Mills Road on Oct. 31. The silver vehicle ended up on the grass of an apartment building after a three-vehicle collision.

“Be careful out there. Motorists of Toronto, I’m talking to you. Someone needs to, because we drivers are maiming and killing people at a pretty shocking rate.

Between sunset Wednesday and just after sunrise Thursday, for instance, 14 pedestrians were struck by motorists on the streets of our city — that’s roughly every hour.”…

Changing Your Clocks Means Changing Your Driving Habits | WTCA FM


…”The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds us that the seasonal shrinking of daylight hours means that darkness falls at least one hour earlier.

Sun glare and darkness will now occur during different parts of your familiar driving or walking routine. And since sleep patterns are also affected by seasonal changes, INDOT and NHTSA warns drivers to be aware of their need for rest and the effects that a loss of sleep can have on driving attention and fatigue.

What does that mean for drivers? The pedestrians you’re used to seeing on your drive home from work will still be there, but they will be more difficult to see. During evening hours, you simply need more time and alertness to see nearby pedestrians.

So, please, as you adjust to the new visibility conditions, slow down and exercise greater caution.

For pedestrians, seasonal changes mean that you also need to be more careful. Take steps to make yourself more visible, and always give the traffic an extra look before crossing the street– even when the crosswalk signal indicates it is okay to proceed.

INDOT and NHTSA offer you these tips. We urge you to give them a look and share them with your loved ones:


Slow down. During the evening hours, you need more time to see a pedestrian in your path.

Don’t drive distracted or impaired. Any behavior that slows your reaction time, increases the risk of a crash.

Keep in mind that pedestrians who are wearing headphones, hats or earmuffs may not hear your vehicle as it approaches.

Keep your windshield, windows, and mirrors clean.

Make sure your defrosters and windshield wipers are working properly and that washer fluid is replaced as needed.


Carry a flashlight or attach reflective materials – such as fluorescent tape – to clothing, backpacks, purses, and briefcases. These materials reflect light from headlights back to drivers, making it easier to see you.

Don’t depend on the traffic signal to protect you. Motorists may be distracted, especially when adjusting to the nighttime travel environment.

Avoid jaywalking and crossing between parked vehicles. Crosswalks offer a safer alternative.

Walk on sidewalks whenever possible.

If you must walk on the street, face traffic.

When crossing the street, look left-right-left for cars from the curb.

Do not cross the street if a car is coming, and always use a crosswalk if available.

Watch out for cars at every driveway and intersection.

Stay completely focused on the road and avoid distractions like smartphones and tablets when walking.”

Safety Tips for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Drivers as Daylight Saving Time Ends | via @BikePGH

Safety Tips bridge - Image source Morguefile

…”Allegheny County crash data shows an increase in pedestrian crashes in the City of Pittsburgh during the months with the shortest days of the year.

Shorter days and daylight savings time mean more of us are commuting during times when visibility is especially bad. Here are some safety tips for everyone – people who walk, people who bike, and people who drive.

Safety Tips for Everyone

  • Danger zone: Know that this is a more dangerous time of year for using our streets and keep that in the front of your mind. Be extra vigilant and cautious.
  • Plan ahead: Commuters, as always, give yourself extra time to get where you need to go so that you won’t feel rushed.
  • Enhance your vision: Although this time of year is often dreary, you should still prepare to deal with sun glare. Have sunglasses with polarized lenses at the ready, or wear eyeglasses with an anti-reflective (AR) coating.”…

Read on for specific tips for:

  • Pedestrians and Transit Riders
  • Bicycle Riders
  • Drivers
  • City Planners and Engineers (and Elected Officials)
  • Police

AAA's Time Change Safety Tips for Drivers and Pedestrians | ARLnow

HOV lanes of I-395 blocked near Pentagon during car fire

…”Time shift safety tips for pedestrians:

  • See and be seen – drivers need to see you to avoid you.
  • Make eye contact with drivers when crossing streets.
  • Wear bright colors or reflective clothing and/or accessories at night.
  • Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.
  • Cross only at intersections or crosswalks. Look left, right and left again and only cross when it is clear.
  • Do not jaywalk or cross between parked cars.
  • Evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before you step out into the street.
  • Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. If you have to walk on a road that does not have sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
  • Do not let umbrellas or jacket hoods block your view of approaching traffic.
  • While walking, pocket the cell phone and avoid listening to your music player at a volume that prohibits you from hearing approaching danger.

Time change tips for drivers:

  • Pay attention and eliminate all distractions including cell phones and car clocks that are off an hour!
  • Remember to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.
  • Watch for children and families in neighborhoods and along school bus routes, at intersections, and when backing out of driveways.
  • Turn on your headlights. Make yourself more visible during early morning and evening hours.
  • Keep vehicle headlights and windows (inside and out) clean.
  • Do not use high beams when other cars or pedestrians are around.
  • Teen drivers should exercise extra caution.
  • Inspect all lights and bulbs and replace burned out ones. Clean road grime or clouding from all lenses.
  • Slow down during rain and fog.”…

2 accidents prompt LAPD to caution about sun glare | Los Alamos Monitor

“Two accidents this week attributed to sun glare prompted the Los Alamos Police Department to issue a warning Thursday.

Drivers should slow down, use common sense, sunglasses and use their car’s visors to keep them from getting into car accidents, LAPD spokesman Preston Ballew said.

The department is especially urging drivers to use caution around the intersection of Trinity Drive and Oppenheimer Drive, where sun glare is more prevalent.

Ballew said the LAPD had to respond to two accidents Wednesday that were directly attributed to sun glare at that intersection.

“The Los Alamos Police Department has responded to two different traffic crashes at the intersection of Trinity and Oppenheimer in the last two days. The times of these crashes occurred at 8:05 a.m. on Wednesday and 7:47 a.m on Thursday. The sun played a contributing factor into both of these crashes which resulted in two people being transported to the hospital with injuries.”

The most dangerous time at that particular intersection is between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.  Ballew also warned about other intersections, and reminded residents that the hours when sun glare is strongest will change when daylight savings time arrives Sunday.

“We urge residents and commuters to use extreme caution when approaching this intersection between 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. due to the position of the sun in relation to the traffic control devices at this intersection. There may be other intersections that are affected as well,” Ballew said. “Daylight savings time will change (Sunday) so the times of concern will be from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. LAPD will contact Los Alamos County Traffic Engineering to advise them of the situation.” “…

Drivers, sun glare conditions will be completely different after the time change. Be prepared and anticipate.

Worst sun glare during 1st and last hr of daylight. Toronto rush-hour drivers take extra care this week to 8am and after 4 pm.

Toronto drivers, be prepared for sun glare this week before 8 am and after 4 pm.

Toronto drivers, watch for sun glare today as the sun sets at 5 PM roughly in line with Gardiner btwn Strachan and Dunn. @TrafficServices

Ottawa drivers, watch for sun glare on W/B 417 today at sunset 4:41 PM btwn Preston and Parkdale. @ottawastart @Ottawa_Traffic

@THINKgovuk Great message! And many sun glare related crashes occur 'just around the corner'.  >

RT @THINKgovuk You never know what’s around the corner. Find out more about the #THINK #Brakebeforethebend #Roadsafety campaign

Photo published for THINK! Country Roads

Police: Sun glare factor in deadly crash | KKTV

“A roofer died in a crash Wednesday afternoon after being pinned between two vehicles, police said.”…

“Amaya was reportedly standing next to the trailer when a SUV crashed into it. Police do not think the teen driver was speeding, but do believe sun glare was a factor in the crash.

"It does appear there were some sun conditions with the sun setting in the west, with the driver heading in that same direction," Morgan said.”…

How do the sun angles change at @PhoenixRaceway this weekend?

Sun glare tough in late stages at @PhoenixRaceway according to @JimmieJohnson 

JJ reply

Safe Driving at Sunrise and Sunset / Dusk and Dawn | Arrive Alive South Africa | via @_ArriveAlive

“We strive to keep road users safe 24/7. Our drivers, bikers, cyclists and pedestrians are challenged daily by other road users, traffic, road and even weather conditions. 

We share information on safe driving techniques in bad weather, snow, rain, mist but should not neglect to recognize that even in perfect weather there may be rather unique challenges brought about by the time of travel!

It is not only during the dark of night that driving becomes more dangerous but also when driving at sunrise and sunset / dusk and dawn.

Rarely will visibility be absolutely perfect while driving, but if motorists are aware of this and make the proper adjustments, they can minimize any additional risks coming with less-than-optimal visual conditions.”…

Great advice here from @_ArriveAlive for driving with sun glare.

Read on for many many great points and advice…

Great article by @jim_kenzie >

'PRNDL ' why mess with it? | via @torontostar

PRNDL — pronounced ‘prindle’ — is an acronym for ‘Park-Reverse-Neutral-Drive-Low.'

“PRNDL ain’t broke.

So why are so many car companies bent on fixing it?

PRNDL — pronounced ‘prindle’ — is an acronym for ‘Park-Reverse-Neutral-Drive-Low,’ the sequence of the shift pattern on 100 per cent of automatic-equipped cars since, well, maybe the last Ice Age.”…

“Still, there is no reason for the pattern for ratio selection to be anything but what everyone in the bleedin’ world understands — PRNDL.

But, oh, no. Some engineers don’t get it that ‘progress’ means ‘making things better,’ not ‘making things different just because we can.’

So, many of them have eliminated the Park position altogether, and replaced it with a push button.

This is not old-fartism on my part; this is simply wrong.

With something as important to your personal safety as making sure your car is in Park before you leave it, you want — you need, you deserve — a positive reinforcement that you have selected that secure position.

So, instead of a solid chunk of tactile feedback that your car is secured against rolling away and killing you or your family, you have to rely on a button, which may have a whopping two millimetres of travel, offers no tactile feedback at all, and maybe, just maybe, offers a warning light of some sort.”…

“No, no, no, no, no.

There is no need to reinvent this particular wheel.”…

Sun glare didn't help >

@KyleBusch on @MattKenseth crash: 'Essentially, I guess I wrecked a teammate' | via @FoxSports

Matt Kenseth watched his championship hopes go up in smoke as he made contact with Alex Bowman heading into Turn 1 after the overtime restart on Sunday in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

With two laps to go, Kenseth had a comfortable lead and appeared to be headed to Homestead-Miami Speedway with an automatic berth until Michael McDowell brought out the caution when he lost a tire and pounded the wall.

On the overtime restart, Kenseth had the high line heading into Turn 1 and believed he was clear of the No. 88 driven by Alex Bowman. He wasn't.”…

“In Kenseth's post-race interview, he remained calm for someone who just saw their championship hopes disappear within two laps of the finish, but said he needed to see the tape before making a decision on what happened.

"I looked back and it looked like (Bowman) had a little run, shortly after I got cleared and started looking into the corner with the glare, and approached the corner down to the white line and I heard ‘inside’ right about the time I got turned backward and headed into the fence." Kenseth said in his post-race interview. "I really don’t know what happened. I was going off of the information I had to make the corner and make the best two laps I could."”…

Sun glare may have been factor in @mattkenseth crash in CanAm500 @PhoenixRaceway with 2 laps to go :(.

Make sure of colour of traffic light >

Man says sun glare led to fatal crash | via @rtv6

“A man claims the glare from the sun caused him to be unable to see an intersection, leading to a crash that killed a woman.

The crash happened around 8 a.m. Saturday, near the intersection of State Road 32 and Gray Road.

Police say a red GMC Sierra pick-up truck was traveling eastbound on State Road 32 when it ran a red light and crashed into a silver Honda Accord, driven by Jennifer Grillo, 45, Fishers.

The driver of the Sierra told police the sun glare was in his eyes, and he couldn't see the Accord, nor the color of the light at the intersection.”…

RT @DerbyshireRPU: Langley Mill. Low Sun, skip not seen, no injuries. Collision report completed on scene whilst waiting recovery.

Driver blinded by the light hits skip in Langley Mill | Brief Report

Driver blinded by the light hits skip in Langley Mill

“A driver hit a large orange skip at the side of a Derbyshire road this morning - because they could not see it due to low sun glare, according to police.”…

RT @ReconGeniTPS: So what exactly does a Recon do in the 6ix @TorontoPolice @metromorning ICYMI

> Keep up the good work Geni. @ReconGeniTPS @TorontoPolice @metromorning @cbcradio

@ReconGeniTPS:  @SunPosition @TorontoPolice @metromorning @cbcradio Thanks Ralph, same goes for you too!

RT @BethesdaBeat: Chain reaction collision caused by unexpected sun glare.

2 Whitman Students Injured in Crash on River Road Near Site of February Fatal Collision | Bethesda Beat

This Google Map shows the intersection of River Road and Braeburn Parkway where a chain-reaction accident Thursday morning injured two.

“Two Walt Whitman students were injured Thursday morning in a four-car collision in a left-turn lane on River Road at Braeburn Parkway, the site of a February fatal collision that killed three members of a Bethesda family.

According to Montgomery County police, a Whitman student driving an eastbound car on River Road was entering a left-turn lane when the driver was blinded by the sun around 7:45 a.m., causing the car to rear-end another car stopped in the lane. That resulted in a chain-reaction collision involving two more cars also stopped in the lane.”…

Norfolk school bus flips over with students onboard; some taken to hospital | The Virginian-Pilot

Overturned Bus

“A bus carrying around 30 Granby High students flipped on an interstate ramp Tuesday, sending several to hospitals with minor injuries.

Around 7:45 a.m., on the eastbound Interstate 64 ramp at Thole Street and Tidewater Drive, the sun blinded the driver , and the bus hit a wall and flipped, police spokeswoman JoAnn Hughes said.”…

RT @TWCNewsROC: Authorities say the man was walking in the crosswalk on Latta Road in Greece when he was struck.

Sun glare possible issue >

Pedestrian Suffers Serious Injuries After Being Struck by Car on Latta Road | TWC News

“Greece police say a man suffered serious injuries after he was hit by a car.

It happened Thursday morning on Latta Road near West Bend Drive.

Authorities say the man was walking in the crosswalk when he was struck.”…

“Authorities say sun glare may have been an issue.”…

The sun was within about 10 deg of Airport Road direction at the time. @PeelPoliceMedia

Another left turn and sun glare crash >

Glare from sun causes accident involving motorcycle | WBKO News

“A motorcycle rider was taken to the hospital Thursday after a collision on Louisville Road.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they determined Hailey Hayes, of Keithville, LA, was making a left turn from Louisville Road into Warren Heights Apartments when glare from the sun caused her view to be obstructed.

Hayes’ Jeep struck a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle ridden by Jeffrey Sebaugh of Park City.”…

Kudos to @TxDot for installing barrels marking s-curve and changeable message sign warning of sun glare.

S-curve plus sun glare led to crashes >

@TxDot fixing local highway after two recent fatalities | KAUZ News

Source: KAUZ

“If you have ever driven westbound on highway 277 in the afternoon, you might know just how bad the sun glare can be.

That combined with an s-curve through Dundee has led to two fatalities this past week.

TxDot officials are aware of it and are working to fix the problem.
"We are installing barrels today with chevrons on top of them," Adele Lewis, TxDot P.I.O. said. "They point and let you know there is a curve and it is delineating the curve for you. We also have a changeable message sign board being installed for the westbound travelers to remind them that there is an immense sun glare going on," Lewis said.”…

Sun glare cause of four crashes this morning, traffic backup on I-91 south | MassLive

“A traffic backup after a two-car accident on Interstate 91 south caused several more crashes Wednesday morning.

Massachusetts State Police reported minor injuries resulting from the first collision, which occurred around the 20 mile marker at around 7:19 a.m.

The combination of a sudden slow in traffic caused by the first accident and "sun glare" resulted in three more drivers striking the cars in front of them”…

Family believes student, 23, who died in crash possibly blinded by sun | Irish Examiner

“Twenty-three-year-old Sean Madden’s car struck a pole on a slipway onto the M50. Mr Madden, from Old Court Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, sustained multiple injuries in the crash, which happened shortly before 9am on July 30, 2014, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard.

An inquest into Mr Madden’s death heard he had been out with friends, in a club on Harcourt Street, in Dublin, the night before. He had a blood alcohol level of 121 mg per cent and coroner, Dr Myra Culllinane, said that the alcohol was leaving his system at the time of the crash.”…

“PSV inspector, Garda Alan Quinn found the car was roadworthy and Mr Madden was wearing his seatbelt. Forensic collision investigator, Sergeant Paul Kearney, said the car sustained a substantial impact with the four-metre pole.

From the public gallery, the student’s mother, Monica Madden, said she believed her son was blinded by the glare of the sun as he travelled down the slipway onto the M50.

“The sun catches you there,” she said.”…

Stop signs hard to see in sun glare >

Multiple injuries reported following two-car crash in Riverhead | Riverhead News Review


“Six people were injured after two vehicles collided Wednesday afternoon at an intersection in Riverhead, authorities at the scene said.

A Ford Explorer traveling north on Horton Avenue rolled over after it was hit by a Toyota RAV4 heading west on Reeves Avenue, Riverhead Town police said.

As the Toyota entered the intersection after running a stop sign, it “broadsided” the SUV, police said.”…

“Police said sun glare may have been a factor in the crash. The driver of the Toyota is expected to receive a traffic summons, police said.

“The sun was so bad you couldn’t even see the stop sign,” Sgt. Tom Lessard said.”…

Cheers, Ralph