Monday, April 8, 2013

Sun Glare While Driving – March 2013


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

 


Even school buses can be hard to see in sun glare > Police on school bus crash: Sun a 'major factor'

NORTON SHORES, MI – A 21-year-old Decatur, Mich., woman was cited for the Wednesday morning crash involving a Mona Shores Public Schools bus, police said.

Authorities said the woman was cited for being “unable to stop within assured distance ahead” following the accident that occurred shortly after 8 a.m. on Hile Road, east of Grand Haven Road.

Norton Shores Police Lt. Jon Gale said both the school bus and the Ford Focus were both heading east on Hile Road from Grand Haven Road. He said the sun “played a major factor in the crash” as they were traveling “directly into the sun.”…


 


It's that time of year again, be extra careful making left turns > Sun glare blamed in crash

OMAHA, NE —A woman blamed sun glare on a Wednesday morning crash.

Officers were called to the scene near Eighth and Bancroft just before 8 a.m.

According to police, an eastbound Suzuki Forenza attempted a left turn onto Eighth Street when it hurt a Ford Escort.

The driver of the Suzuki, identified as Natividan Hernandez, 20, told officers that sun glare caused her not to see the other vehicle.  Hernandez was cited for failure to yield…


>Leigh Buchan ‏@lives2talk: @SunPosition Be careful making any turns! In mornings have make right turn EB; glare so bad can't see if anything parked on south side

>Ralph Bouwmeester ‏@SunPosition: @lives2talk So true, be careful making any turns.

 


RT @BurnabyRCMP: Did you know? A GPS in direct view creates blind spot 5.5'x9.5' at 5 car lengths away! Mount low enough to see WHOLE road.

 


Police: Sun glare may have caused motorcycle crash

PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP, PA - Sun glare may have been responsible for a motorcycle accident Saturday that sent a Pemberton man to the hospital with serious injuries, police said Monday.

The two-vehicle accident happened about 9:20 a.m. when a motorcycle driven by Charles VanWinkle, age unavailable, crashed into the rear of a car driven by David Waterman of Brooklyn, N.Y., on Vincentown Road.

VanWinkle was taken by helicopter to Cooper University Hospital in Camden with internal injuries. His condition was not available Monday.

Waterman, age also unavailable, was not hurt.

A preliminary investigation revealed both vehicles were traveling south. Investigators said sun glare may have prevented VanWinkle from seeing the car in front of him…


 


Be sure of the colour of traffic lights, especially against sun glare

SIDNEY, NE - A car accident occurred on 10th Ave. and Illinois St. in Sidney yesterday at around 5 p.m. According to a Sidney Police Department report, one driver was traveling southbound on 10th Ave. and entered the intersection at Illinois with a green light. The other driver was driving westbound on Illinois and said that the sun’s glare prevented them from seeing that the stoplight had turned red, and ran his vehicle into the other…


 


RT ‏@NewsCoSprings: Sun Glare May Have Caused SUV To Hit Toddler

DENVER, CO - A sun glare may have caused a crash that left a 2-year-old in critical condition.

The toddler was hit by an SUV Thursday while chasing a stray ball into the street. He remains in the hospital Friday with life-threatening injuries to the head.

Sister station KCNC says the driver may have swerved to avoid the collision, and did remain on scene afterwards. Investigators are now working to learn if a sun glare obstructed the driver's view of the child and caused the crash.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Green Court and Grove Street in west Denver…

Read more:  http://q.gs/3fZUg 

 


Sun glare may have caused injury crash

TEMECULA, CA - Two people were seriously injured Monday evening, March 11, when they were struck by a car coming down a hill in Temecula in the glare of the setting sun.

The driver of a Toyota Matrix was heading west on Pauba Road shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, while driving down a hill with two young children in the car, according to a Temecula police statement.

As the driver approached Elinda Road, two female pedestrians were walking in a bike lane in a shaded area. Police said the driver was adjusting from direct sunlight in the line of sight when the car drifted into the bike lane and struck the pedestrians…


 


Toronto sunset 7:18 pm tonight.

>Leigh Buchan‏@lives2talk: @SunPosition Wish we could stay on daylight savings time permanently. Reason for turning the clock back are no longer relevent!

>Ralph Bouwmeester ‏@SunPosition: @lives2talk Almost 2/3 of the year is currently DST.

>Leigh Buchan ‏@lives2talk: @SunPosition "Semi-annual 1-hr chg linked to increase in heart attacks, more traffic fatalities http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/03/06/f-daylight-savings-time-faq.html …

>Ralph Bouwmeester ‏@SunPosition: @lives2talk After time change sun position and glare conditions change during commuting hours, hence increase in traffic accidents.

>Leigh Buchan ‏@lives2talk: @SunPosition Also to be considered is the feeling of jetlag drivers have!

 


RT @SafeDriver: Changing the clocks tonight means longer days and more time driving toward the sun...are you ... http://m.tmi.me/NdDhw 

 


Be extra careful driving after the time change. The sun won't be where you have been used to it being on your way to and from work.

 


RT ‏@SafeDriver: Pay attention to shiny things while driving...oh yeah, they're called school buses!

>Ralph Bouwmeester ‏@SunPosition: @SafeDriver School buses are out when sun glare conditions are often worst.

 


Police blame sun glare for 4 pedestrian fatalities on one street in 2 yrs

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ - Fourteen pedestrians were killed on Bergen County roads in 2011, according to an analysis of federal traffic fatality data.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a group advocating for reduced car dependency, found that Essex Street in Hackensack and Route 17 were the deadliest roadways for pedestrians…

…Four pedestrians died on Essex Street from 2009 through 2011, more than any other road in Bergen County.

Hackensack Police in 2011 blamed sun glare for the accidents, the Record reported...


 

Cheers, Ralph

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