Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sun Glare While Driving – April 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).


Anything that takes your eyes off the road is dangerous - esp since 90% of info needed to drive is received thru eyes.


RT @NTSB: Research on what we can & can’t do behind the wheel continues:  &


Another left-turn collision > Hoboken driver blames 'blinding sun' for striking 16-year-old pedestrian

HOBOKEN -- A Hoboken teenager received minor injuries yesterday when she was struck by car as she was crossing Willow Avenue at 13th Street, police reports said.

Police and EMS were called to 13th and Willow Avenue where they met the 16-year-old pedestrian who said she was crossing Willow Avenue inside the crosswalk from west to east with her younger brother, when a turning car struck her, reports said.  The victim said the driver was talking on a phone, reports said.

The 20-year-old Hoboken driver, who was making a left turn from the westbound lane of 13th Street to head south on Willow Avenue, blamed "blinding sun," for the accident, reports said...


Just after sunrise for sure! RT @Hossim: @bobtraffic for e/b drivers, sun in front of us in #Toronto today @sunposition can attest.

>bob summers ‏@bobtraffic: @SunPosition but there are still collisions well after sunrise and not only eastbound. i am wondering if inattention is a bigger factor.

>Ralph Bouwmeester ‏@SunPosition: @bobtraffic Agree, but when you combine inattention with sun glare... deadly, esp during 1st and last hour of daylight.

"Perfect" driving conditions, sunny and clear, are often not so perfect. Be prepared for sun glare.


Sun’s Glare a Possible Factor in Deadly Motorcycle Crash

SACRAMENTO - A motorcyclist is dead after hitting a school bus Monday morning.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what went wrong, but are looking at glare from the sun as a possible factor since the accident happened just as the sun was rising at 6:50 a.m…


RT ‏@DumfriesMutual: Sunny days like today are a reminder to keep a spare pair of sunglasses in your car to reduce sun glare while driving


Sounds like a good idea to me > "Officials now want to ban pilots from using their phones in flight ..."

MOSBY - The pilot of a helicopter which crashed killing four people was TEXTING during the doomed flight, according to a new report.

The medical chopper went down in Mosby, Missouri in August 2011, after running out of fuel - killing pilot James Freudenberg, two nurses and a patient.

A new investigation into the accident has discovered Freudenberg sent 240 text messages on the day of the crash - including 85 while he was carrying out safety checks and behind the controls.

In a report, US safety officials claim the pilot missed two opportunities to notice the helicopter didn't have enough fuel - because he was preoccupied making dinner plans with a friend.

It's suggested he realised fuel levels were low during the first leg of the flight - but he missed the chance to refuel after picking up the patient because he was distracted by further texts.

Officials now want to ban pilots from using their phones in flight and during safety checks…

>Ralph Bouwmeester ‏@SunPosition: @lives2talk Apparently not. Crazy, I know.


Two-car crash injures two in Cass County; sun may be to blame


I guess it's that time of year again in both hemispheres > Sun strike causes crash, driver blinded by sun

DUNEDIN - A truck driver, blinded by the sun, crashed into a parked utility vehicle as he was travelling down Caversham Valley Rd, Dunedin, about 9am yesterday…


Police say sun’s glare may have been a factor in fatal Edmonton truck-train crash

EDMONTON - Police say the victim of a fatal collision Monday morning did not brake before his truck drove into the path of a train at a crossing in the Girard Industrial area of southeast Edmonton...

…The accident happened just before 8 a.m. at a train crossing at 71st Street and Girard Road. The man, who police say was around 60, had been heading south on 71st Street when his truck was hit by the westbound train.

The extremely bright sun and glare are being investigated as potential factors in the crash…


Cheers, Ralph

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