Monday, February 2, 2015

Sun Glare While Driving – January 2015

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

Read our weekly news summary “Sun Glare and Driving” at:   http://t.co/65BapPO7xI


Three Colorado Springs police cars hit minutes apart (via @FOX21News)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. - Three Colorado Springs police cruisers were hit in traffic crashes minutes apart Friday morning (ed. Jan 2/15).

Police said the first crash happened around 8:00 a.m. on southbound Interstate 25 just north of the Tejon Street exit. A CSPD officer was on the shoulder with his emergency lights activated, responding to a traffic assist. As he came to a stop, he was hit by a car that was traveling southbound on the interstate. A second CSPD unit responded and got into position for traffic control, with his emergency lights activated. That cruiser was hit by another vehicle traveling southbound.

The officers involved were taken to Memorial Hospital for evaluation, and were treated and released.

Police said some of the drivers involved reported wet and ice-packed roads and limited visibility due to sun glare.

The second crash happened around 8:30 a.m. in the 6000-block of North Academy Boulevard. Two officers were stopped in the left lane behind a vehicle that had hit a curb and become disabled. The officers were sitting in a marked CSPD cruiser waiting for a tow truck when they were rear-ended by a 2007 Hyundai Tucson. Police said both vehicles sustained heavy damage, and were towed from the scene.

Police said one officer sustained a minor injury that didn't require medical attention. The driver of the Hyundai, 18-year-old Leah Coate, was cited for careless driving. Police said icy roads, speed, and sun glare were contributing factors in the crash.

source: http://t.co/6m8pPhkd3D


Sun glare cause >

Oaklyn School Crossing Guard Struck by Motorist | NJ Pen

Oaklyn School. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.

OAKLYN, NJ - A crossing guard at the Oaklyn School allegedly was struck by a taxi driver Monday morning while in the process of crossing children in the middle of Kendall Boulevard.

The incident occurred at 7:55 a.m. at “very slow speed,” said Oaklyn Police Chief Mark Moore…

The driver apparently “didn’t see her at all,” Moore said.

“There’s definitely bad sun glare as you approach the school,” the chief said, while noting that the crossing is clearly marked; even preceded by “flashing lights half a block before the intersection.”…

source: http://t.co/LnZR6ALGv1


RT Observer-Reporter @oronline: Two school buses collided in the Peters Township high school parking lot.

PETERS TOWNSHIP, PA - A fender-bender between two Peters Township High School student transport vehicles resulted in no injuries, a district spokeswoman said. Both vehicles, a bus and a van, had minor damage after the crash around 9 a.m. today.

“This morning as the bus arrived in the high school parking lot, bus 417 bumped a district van as it was coming to a stop. This issue was not weather-related, but rather a visibility issue from sun glare…

source: http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20150108/NEWS01/150109570#.VK6fZCfF-Lg


RT Ocean Police @OceanTwpPolice: Here are some tips for driving into sun glare from @AAASafety.

Blinded by the Sun

Dangers of Driving Into Sun

Driving on a beautiful sunny day can provide stunning scenery, but it can also create a hazard if the driver’s view is compromised by a glaring sun.

Just after sunrise and before sunset the sun can shine directly into drivers’ eyes, leaving many motorists driving with a glare. This glare can make it much harder to see the road ahead and potential hazards creating an added risk to drivers. When sun glare is an issue slow down and use extra caution especially while driving through school zones.

So how can you protect yourself? AAA offers these tips for motorists when driving into the sun:

  • Invest in polarized sunglasses – they can help reduce glare.
  • Utilize your sun visor – it can help to block out the sun.
  • Leave more following room – when the sun is in your eyes it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing. This is one more time when it pays to leave more room between you and the next vehicle.
  • Drive with your headlights on to increase your visibility to other drivers

Additional tips:

  • Keep your windshield clean, inside and out
  • Check your windshield for pitting and cracks
  • Avoid storing papers or other items on the dashboard
  • If having a difficult time seeing the road, use lane markings to help guide you.

Rarely will visibility be absolutely perfect while driving, but if motorists know this and make the proper adjustments, you can minimize any additional risks that come with less-than-optimal visual conditions…

source: http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/dangers-of-driving-into-sun/


Watch for sun glare rounding curves >

Five people injured in Pulaski County crash | WKYT

The Pulaski County Sheriff

PULASKI COUNTY, KY - The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says that five people were injured in a crash on Ky Hwy 80.

Deputies say Billy Kelley, 77, of Faubush, was driving his Kia Soul along an uphill curve when a sun glare blinded him on Friday. They say his car veered over the center line and he crashed into a Toyota Camry…

source: http://t.co/k9hSq4OR6W


Sun glare can be made worse by a dirty windshield.


Sun glare made worse by frosted windshield >

Woman Charged in Dayton Crash | WHSV

Police charged one woman after a crash temporarily shut down Route 42 near Dayton on Friday morning.

DAYTON, VA - Police charged one woman after a crash temporarily shut down Route 42 near Dayton on Friday morning.

Crews responded to a crash near the intersection of Main Street and Route 42 at about 7:30 a.m.

The crash happened when a vehicle pulled out into oncoming traffic onto John Wayland Highway from Main Street, according to Dayton Police Officer Jeremiah Nugent.

Nugent said that the driver, a woman, was taken to Sentara RMH with minor injuries and that police have charged her with failing to yield the right-of-way.

Nugent also said that sun glare on a partially undefrosted windshield contributed to the crash…

source: http://t.co/6QjWZsWqYo


Sun blamed in 3-vehicle Winslow crash | centralmaine.com

Delta Ambulance paramedics and Winslow firefighters remove a woman from a minivan in which she was a passenger when the van was involved in a three-car accident Friday at the intersection of Carter Memorial Drive and Augusta Road in Winslow.

WINSLOW, ME - Blinding glare from the sun may have been a factor in a three-vehicle crash Friday afternoon at the intersection of Augusta Road and Carter Memorial Drive, according to police.

Police Chief Shawn O’Leary said in a news release that police don’t think alcohol or a snow squall during the afternoon were factors in the crash.

“We believe that the sun had blinded one of the operators from seeing the light, which caused the accident,” O’Leary said in the release…

source: https://t.co/8esPR8D8s4


Police say sun glare likely contributed to the collision - CSPD Police Cruiser Hit During Accident Investigation | KKTV

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - A driver is facing a number of traffic violations after he allegedly side-swiped a police cruiser Saturday morning.

The officer was investigating a traffic accident on North Academy near Union when CSPD says he unwittingly became involved in an accident of his own…

The officer was outside the vehicle at the time and not hurt…

Police say sun glare likely contributed to the collision…

source: http://t.co/JsMWAOuB5p


Believe it or not, there's a stop sign in this picture. Did you see it? 

source: http://www.sunposition.com/samples/sun_glare_driving.html


Sun glare can hinder drivers from seeing traffic lights and pedestrians >

Stamford man hit in crosswalk |  ctnews.com

STAMFORD, CT - A Stamford woman was charged with running a downtown red light and striking a man that was in a crosswalk during the Tuesday morning rush hour.

Tanya Fensore, 31, was charged with failing to obey a traffic light and failure to grant right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Just before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday a 25-year-old man was crossing from the west side of Summer Street to the east side near the intersection of Sixth Street when he was struck by Fensore, Sgt. Kelly Connelly said.

The man said that two other cars had already stopped at the traffic light and the signal for him to walk was up when Fensore, driving a 2009 gray Nissan Altima southbound on Summer Street struck him while he was crossing the street, Connelly said.

Fensore stopped following the accident and told police officers that there was a glare on her windshield and she did not see the man stepping off the curb.

The man was knocked to the ground and rushed to Stamford Hospital, complaining of pain to the left side of his body, where he had been struck by the Nissan. Connelly said the man did not have life-threatening injuries.

source: http://t.co/boK4SLmhll


Sun's glare causes three-vehicle weekend crash in Farmington | Franklin Sun Journal

FARMINGTON, ME - Sun glare on Saturday was blamed for a driver on Fairbanks Road crossing the centerline, sideswiping one vehicle and crashing head-on into a second vehicle.

Scott Cochran, 37, Chesterville, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier south on Fairbanks Road just before noon Saturday. Blinded by the sun's glare, Cochran crossed the centerline and heard horns honking, MacDonald said.

Jennifer Davis, 49, of Damariscotta, driving north in a 2004 Subaru Legacy, drove off the road after being sideswiped near 321 Fairbanks Road.

Cochran then drove head-on into a 2006 Subaru Forester driven by Sharon Buzzell, 63, of Farmington…

source: http://t.co/h9wUF4uEvV


Blinding sun behind Burnaby semi-truck crash | Burnaby Now

semi truck crash

BURNABY, BC - The sun was to blame for a tractor-trailer jumping the curb and taking out a light standard by Byrne Creek Secondary School Monday afternoon, according to the Burnaby Fire Department…

source: http://t.co/WPpXS0Zz0q


A fresh warning for motorists - This time over intense sunshine (really) | Yahoo News UK

A fresh warning for motorists… This time over intense sunshine (really)

Careful of the intense sunshine if you’re behind the wheel this evening.

That warning from the Road Safety Authority and the Gardaí may seem a little off season — but it’s not one they’re making lightly.

“The appeal comes as provisional crash reports suggest that drivers being temporarily blinded by ‘sun glare’ may have been a contributory factor in some fatal collisions in 2014,” the RSA said in a statement.

According to the body’s CEO, Moyagh Murdock:

“Because, at this time of the year, the sun sits so low in the sky, late in the morning and early evening, corresponding with the main commuting times, the sun visor on the car isn’t really much help at all.

If a driver is driving straight into such a sun he or she can be completely dazzled by the sheer intensity and brightness of its rays.

“The situation is made worse if the windscreen is dirty or greasy or if it’s been raining, or the ground is covered with snow. In this situation the glare reflects off the wet or snow covered road to further dazzle the driver.”

The Gardaí provide some advice for motorists on the issue. Essentially…

  • Reduce speed — slowing down on the approach to junctions, corners and bends is critical.
  • Ensure your windscreen is clean inside and out. Add windshield washer fluid, and check that the wipers aren’t worn away or damaged. 
  • Buying polarised sun glasses, and keep them in the car.

“If you are heading East in the morning, the direction the sun rises or heading West in the late afternoon, where it sets, please be conscious of sun glare,” Murdock added.

By simply being aware of this problem, which we all need to take more seriously, we will be able to read the environment and conditions and make better decisions when we are driving.

“Importantly we won’t get caught out or blinded by the sun when turning the next corner.”

source: https://t.co/EevfDUYI6I


Motorists warned of Sun Glare dangers | via @theclareherald

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The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are reminding drivers to be aware of the danger posed by ‘sun glare’, which results in drivers being temporarily dazzled or blinded by the intensity and brightness of a low sun on the horizon.

The appeal comes as provisional crash reports suggest that drivers being temporarily blinded by ‘sun glare’ may have been a contributory factor in some fatal collisions in 2014.

Commenting on the issue Ms. Moyagh Murdock, CEO, RSA said “Because, at this time of the year, the sun sits so low in the sky, late in the morning and early evening, corresponding with the main commuting times, the sun visor on the car isn’t really much help at all. If a driver is driving straight into such a sun he or she can be completely dazzled by the sheer intensity and brightness of its rays. The situation is made worse if the windscreen is dirty or greasy or if it’s been raining, or the ground is covered with snow. In this situation the glare reflects off the wet or snow covered road to further dazzle the driver.

Chief Superintendent Michael O’Sullivan, Garda National Traffic Bureau, advises driver on what they should do, “Reducing your speed is the first and most obvious thing to do. Slowing down on the approach to junctions, corners and bends is critical. You simply don’t know what hazard may be up ahead at these potential risk spots, and one you certainly won’t be anticipating is being blinded by sun glare.”

“Ensure your windscreen is clean inside and out. Add windshield washer fluid to the water in the reservoir and check that the wipers are not worn away or damaged. Replace them if they are. Buying polarised sun glasses, and keeping a pair in the car is also a must. They will help greatly if driving into a sun that’s low on the horizon.” He added.

Concluding Ms Murdock said, “If you are heading East in the morning, the direction the sun rises or heading West in the late afternoon, where it sets, please be conscious of sun glare. By simply being aware of this problem, which we all need to take more seriously, we will be able to read the environment and conditions and make better decisions when we are driving. Importantly we won’t get caught out or blinded by the sun when turning the next corner.”

source: http://t.co/xGnjMLUHIc


EB I-70 reopened at Floyd Hill after crash, sun glare issue | via @DenverChannel

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, CO. - Eastbound Interstate 70 has reopened at the base of Floyd Hill.

The highway closed at 8:02 a.m. because of a crash and sun glare…

CDOT issued a warning at 6:35 a.m. that slower speeds were recommended in the area due to sun glare…

source: http://t.co/ERwKf3t9nH


Whippany Road motorist, blinded by sun, crashes into postal truck | via @dailyrecord

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HANOVER, NJ – A motorist on Whippany Road, temporarily blinded by the late afternoon sun, crashed into a postal truck that was stopped in the right lane of Whippany Road Thursday, according to police…

The driver, whose name also wasn't available, was travelling in a 1999 Nissan Altima sedan in the right southbound lane of Whippany Road about 4 p.m. when he was unable to see due to sun glare…

source: http://t.co/Q8hLrtoqAt


Fatal crash driver may have been dazzled by sun | Basingstoke Gazette

Fatal crash driver may have been dazzled by sun

BASINGSTOKE, ENGLAND - Sun glare could have affected the driver of a car that fatally collided with a pensioner with a walking stick, an inquest heard.

James Jamieson was crossing Worting Road, near the Morrisons supermarket, when he was struck by a car driven by Baughurst woman Leigh Fuller…

PC Ed Wilson, a forensic crash investigator at Hampshire Constabulary, said CCTV cameras on a building in Worting Road captured the fatal collision on film.

He said as part of his investigations, he drove eastbound along Worting Road, just as Mrs Fuller had, in similar weather conditions and at the same time of day…

PC Wilson said he was dazzled by a low sun just before the crossing point where Mr Jamieson had entered the road which made objects ahead of him “extremely difficult to define”…

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Bradley called the crash “the most appalling accident”.

He said: “It’s quite clear that Mrs Fuller is driving along Worting Road, and she does so in perfectly normal fashion when she’s confronted by the sun. She’s dazzled by that and before she could do anything she strikes Mr Jamieson…

source: http://t.co/BB2uNFmyf2

Bez ‏@beztweets: In which, yet again, the police find the well-proven excuse and the coroner duly records an accident.

NJ ‏@Defy_Rider: I've driven since 1981, never been so dazzled by the sun I couldn't see what was in front of me.

RB:  It's not necessarily a lame excuse, but reality.

Grey Cells ‏@greycells: Motorcyclists (frequent wet/dirty visor) *never* feel OK to ride blind. Yet drivers are OK with it...?

RB:  Sun blinding usually comes up unexpectedly, e.g. rounding a curve or corner. Not necessarily negligent.

Bez ‏@beztweets: The sun is shining, is low, and the road turns towards it. How unexpected is it to be dazzled, really?

Grey Cells ‏@greycells: It is difficult to be 'surprised' by the sun. It's the most predictable object in the solar system.

NJ ‏@Defy_Rider: when I turn into the sun I adjust my visor, slow down, put polarising sunglasses on.

NJ ‏@Defy_Rider: Again, I've never been unable to see what's in front. It's not an excuse to kill.

Grey Cells ‏@greycells: Most drivers take the same route every day. Familiarity breeds contempt for any possibility of change.

Grey Cells ‏@greycells: And it is that contempt that is negligent.

Fifth Gear ‏@GearFifth: The road is dead straight.

NJ ‏@Defy_Rider: good point.

RB:  I am speaking in general terms, not case specific. Every situation is different.

NJ ‏@Defy_Rider: The sun is never an excuse, if you can't see STOP!

Grey Cells ‏@greycells: You provide excuses for unacceptable behaviour to drivers on juries, desperate to absolve.

RB:  I look for possible reasons and causes, not excuses, that we can all learn from.

RB:  Continuing to drive into low sun on a straight road may be a cause, but not an excuse.

Grey Cells ‏@greycells: The law is abused to absolve people of their moral responsibility to not harm others

Grey Cells ‏@greycells: We don't learn. Unlike air/rail/sea, nothing changes on our roads. We continue to excuse.


Sun glare blamed, didn't see cyclist >

Attorney Darryl Isaacs seriously hurt in crash | via @courierjournal

LOUISVILLE, KY - Attorney Darryl Isaacs, who has marketed himself as the "Heavy Hitter" and the "Kentucky Hammer" and been described as Kentucky's most recognized lawyer, has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident.

Isaacs, 50, who was struck by a motorist Jan. 19, is recovering at University of Louisville Hospital, where spokesman David McArthur said Tuesday he was in fair condition…

Indian Hills Police Chief Kelly Spratt said Isaacs is lucky to be alive after a motorist hit him from behind on River Road as Isaacs was attempting to turn left on to Indian Hills Trail.

Two witnesses and Isaacs told police that he was signaling the turn with his left arm when he was struck, thrown back into the car's windshield and on to the pavement.

Spratt said the driver, who is identified in a police report as Michael S. Baumann, 20, of Floyds Knobs, Ind., told police he didn't see Isaacs because of the sun's glare. The accident occurred at 4:55 p.m…

source: http://t.co/6GzXmiNgzU


Driver blames sun glare >

WAVE: Lawyer's crash fuels bicycling debate

LOUISVILLE, KY - He's one of Louisville's most recognized attorneys. Darryl Isaacs, also known as "The Hammer," is still in the hospital after he was hit by a vehicle while riding his bike on River Road.

Isaacs told police he was stopped at the intersection of Indian Hills Trail with his left hand out signaling a turn when he heard a car behind him. He looked over his shoulder and was hit around 4:55 p.m. on Jan. 19.

According to a police report, Isaacs was hit by a 20-year-old man who had just left work and was driving down River Road. The driver told police he was blinded by the sun's glare when he hit a man riding his bike…

source: http://t.co/iHocq5lT7a


New push to drop Ontario residential street speed limit to 40 km/h | CBC News

There's a new push to lower the default speed limit on residential roads across Ontario.

The default speed limit in Ontario cities is 50 km/h where there are no posted speed limit signs.

Ottawa-Centre MPP and cabinet minister Yasir Naqvi is asking his government to amend the Highway Traffic Act to lower that speed limit to 40 km/h…

source: http://t.co/Bv76KWo3x6

RB:  Lots of 40 kph zones on 4-lane arterials in Barrie. But you can turn onto side streets and legally speed up. Go figure.

RB:  40 kph means slightly lower traffic noise levels than 50 kph. Could result in fewer or lower noise barriers.


RT Steve Overend ‏@SteveOverend1: Lower speed limits on residential streets http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/lower-speed-limits-on-residential-streets-1.2212404 … via @CTVBarrieNews @TPSChrisBoddy My take on your question this AM 40Km

RB:  Steve, good job on the news clip tonight.

Steve Overend ‏@SteveOverend1: Thx Ralph!


It boggles the mind that you can turn from some 4-lane arterials onto residential side streets and legally speed up.


Cheers, Ralph

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