Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sun Glare While Driving – February 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).

Talking on cell while turning left may be risky, neuroimaging shows

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 tasks.
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.

RT @GdnDevelopment: Making road safer. A new development target? 
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 report.
Already, 1.3 million people lose their lives on the world's roads every year, with road accidents now one of the leading causes of death in the developing world.

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.

@SafeDriver 90% of input needed for driving is through the eyes.

GPS's could do that no? They know both actual vs limit. RT @DriveSmartBC: @SENSEBC Amazing if we could confine current speeds to the limit.

RT @NHTSAgov: It’s Aggressive Driving Awareness Month: always follow the speed limit! Better to be Late Than to Never Arrive 

RT @StarGTANews: Toronto pedestrian group advocates for walking-friendly city  
TORONTO, ON - A new pedestrian advocacy group is struggling to be born, hoping to be the voice of Toronto’s feet on the street.
“There’s no one speaking for pedestrians in the City of Toronto,” explained pedestrian activist Dylan Reid in an interview.
The new advocacy group will be an informal, all-volunteer body with no funding from the city.
Why have a group at all?
Reid says pedestrians are confronted by different issues in different areas.
In parts of the downtown core, for example, a city study in 2004 found that 45 per cent of residents walk to work, a number that is under-appreciated by planners.

> ‏@lives2talk: All it would take for pedestrian-friendly city wld be for both pedestrians & drivers to obey rules of the road!
> ‏@SunPosition: Agreed, and a little eye contact would help pedestrians and drivers alike.
> @lives2talk: We need a bit of Aretha Franklin on our roads!
> ‏@SunPosition: Good one!
> ‏@SunPosition: And some Doors!
> @lives2talk: Hope you're not referring to "Ship of Fools"
> ‏@SunPosition: Ah-ha, stumped you. "Roadhouse Blues" by The Doors. "Keep your eyes on the road, your hands up on the wheel".
> @lives2talk: Yup definitely stumped me but I'm not really familiar with The Doors!

Can affect wheel balance too RT @SafeDriver: Did you know that ice can build up in your wheel wells which ...

RT @francetim: London, LosAngeles, NewYork and Paris...
Roadsafety in megacities: Bikers, pedestrians beware 

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.

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Visitors??  RT @tworepou: "@CTVBarrieNews: Barrie Police say they dealt with ONLY 15 vehicle collisions today." Barrie drivers get it

The more you spin your wheels, the less progress you'll make. Applies to driving in snow... and life.

Bright sun triggers multi-car crash

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.

County Fire 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 involved.

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 vehicle.

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 said.

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 said.

‏@lives2talk:  Surprised, but pleased that no one was seriously injured
‏@SunPosition:   Can't be too careful. Looks like we won't have to worry about bright sun for a few days...
‏@lives2talk:   Too right! At least it's going to warm up over the wknd!

Left turns are dangerous at the best of times. Be aware and especially careful when turning towards low sun. 

RT ‏@YorkRegion: Pedestrian struck, killed in Markham 
MARKHAM, ON - A woman is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Markham this morning.

The incident occurred at the corner of Carlton Road and Central Park Drive.

Police say an elderly Markham woman was crossing Carlton when she was struck in the crosswalk by a black Mitsubishi SUV that was turning left onto Carlton from Central Park.

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Driver Blames Sun Blindness for Crash

SAN CARLOS, CA - A 69-year-old San Carlos man toppled a utility pole with his car on Chula Vista Dr. on Friday afternoon, knocking out power at more than 100 PG&E customers.

The driver told officers that he was westbound on Chula Vista Dr. when he became blinded by the sun. He then swerved to the right, jumped the curb and collided with the pole.

Cheers, Ralph

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