Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sun Glare While Driving – January 2013

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

Get the message - don't text and drive!

Solar glare spurs two-car accident
WEST BARNSTABLE, MA - Solar glare contributed to a minor two-car crash at 7:33 a.m. Thursday on Route 6 that backed up eastbound traffic for at least a half-mile.  The crash occurred when one car in the passing lane rear-ended another at the crest of a hill near the Oak Street overpass and Exit 6.  That stretch of road is in an area where the rising sun "blasts" into the faces of drivers and cars tend to slow suddenly, according to West Barnstable Fire Chief Joseph Maruca.

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Sun obstructed driver’s vision in 3 vehicle collision. Police: driver not grossly negligent, not charged
Salisbury, NC - One person was taken to the hospital with injuries after a Monday morning three-vehicle collision at South Jake Alexander Boulevard and Julian Road.
Sara Hurley, 48, of Salisbury, was traveling southeast on Jake Alexander Boulevard, toward the interstate, in her 1992 Mitusbishi pickup when she ran a red light and struck another vehicle.
The other vehicle, a 2012 Nissan, was driven by Abigail Fried, 26, of Concord. Fried had a green light and was turning left from Julian Road onto Jake Alexander Boulevard.
The impact of the collision between Hurley and Fried caused Fried’s vehicle to hit a vehicle to her right, a 2003 Volvo driven by John Hoover, 29, of Charlotte.
Hurley was not charged. “The sun was very much a vision obstruction. I don’t think it was grossly negligent,” said Salisbury Master Police Officer M.P. Benjamin.

Cheers, Ralph

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