A collection of media articles and tweets highlighting 1) the dangers of sun glare while driving, 2) the issue of shadowing due to urban development, and 3) fun sun facts. They are public interest stories compiled and shared to educate and raise awareness. Sources, credits and links are provided for articles and images, and it is my belief that the fair dealing exception in Canada's Copyright Act applies. However, if you wish your item removed, simply ask.
Talking on cell while turning left may be risky, neuroimaging
TORONTO, ON - Drivers
who talk on a cellphone — even one that’s hands-free — while executing a
left-hand turn at an intersection could be putting themselves at serious risk,
say neuroscientists who imaged the brain to see how it copes with competing
Making a left turn and phone-chatting at the same time “could be the
most dangerous thing they ever do on the road,” said Tom Schweizer, director of
neuroscience research at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
LONDON, UK - Road deaths will dramatically increase in the
world's poorest countries unless governments and multilateral development banks
swiftly and radically overhaul their transport policies, according to a new
In its new report, the Make Roads
Safe campaign, a global coalition co-ordinated by the FIA Foundation,
warns that deaths will see a "relentless increase" if sustainable
transport policies are not put at the heart of debates on development after the
millennium goals expire in 2015.
Ann Arbor, Mi - Rapid
growth of large cities throughout the world is having enormous impact on
traffic safety in urban areas, say researchers at the University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute. Read more: http://bit.ly/14XxotB
Lake Arrowhead, CA - Bright
sunlight was apparently the cause of two collisions that occurred seconds apart
on Highway 18 near the Red Rock turnout Wednesday morning, sending two persons to
hospitals with minor injuries.
Battalion Chief and paramedic Ronald Walls, who was on his way to work at Fire
Station 91 on Highway 173 when the accident occurred, said he was nearly
Walls told the Mountain News he
was driving on the uphill stretch between Baylis Park and the turnout at about
7:07, “driving about 5 mph with my hand up, blocking the sun,” when he
encountered a black Ford F-150 pickup truck that had stopped behind a disabled
Walls stopped behind the truck, he said, and another vehicle pulled up
behind him. Seconds later, that vehicle was struck by another. The damaged
vehicle was pushed forward by the impact, stopping just short of Walls’ car, he
Moments later, a second rear-end collision occurred, further down the
hill, he said.
Walls said the biggest problem emergency
responders appeared to have at the outset was keeping passing traffic from
becoming involved in additional accidents. The highway was soon closed between
Baylis Park and the turnout, and was reopened shortly after 8 o’clock.
Because of the bright morning sun streaming
into drivers’ eyes, “it was exactly the perfect time” for an accident, Walls