Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sun Glare While Driving – September 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://paper.li/SunPosition/1376354290


Drivers, watch for kids and buses especially in the early morning low sun.


Keep your eyes on the road, your hands up on the wheel: The Doors


Back to school safety tip - if your shadow points toward oncoming traffic, chances are the driver can't see you.


Distracted texting - don't drive while texting. You'll make a lot of spelling mistakes.


Sun glare is one thing, but no excuse for hit-and-run >

Bicyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run crash | via @KDVR

A bicyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash near South Sheridan Boulevard and West Dartmouth Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. While officers were investigating, a second vehicle (background) crashed into a patrol car, most likely because of sun glare.

A bicyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash near South Sheridan Boulevard and West Dartmouth Avenue in Denver on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. While officers were investigating, a second vehicle (background) crashed into a patrol car, most likely because of sun glare…

http://t.co/XIDWUA5FQQ


Anticipate sun glare as you round corners >

Child struck by car; sun glare contributes | Cedar City News

A driver with the early morning sun in her eyes swerved to avoid children walking in a residential neighborhood, but she struck a child on the other side of the road…

http://t.co/0SnjALrRc2


Sun glare suspected cause >

2 Thornton city workers hurt in accident | via @9News

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Two city workers from Thornton were injured after a woman hit a message trailer, causing it to spin into their direction.

The incident happened just before 6:50 p.m. near St. Paul Street and Thornton Parkway…

Police say the driver might have been blinded by sun glare when she ran into the trailer…

http://t.co/785hBtociU


Jogging may be good for you, but not on wrong side of road & toward low sun. Saw car swerve and miss jogger last second.


The sun rises and sets in line with e/w roads at this time of year. Be extra careful driving, walking, jogging and biking.


Sun glare suspected >

Pedestrian Dies in Church Road Crash 

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Cheltenham Police report that an accident on Tuesday involving a pedestrian struck by a car near the rear entrance to Einstein Elkins Park Hospital on Church Road has resulted in the death of the victim.

Nancy Wright of N. Third Street in Philadelphia was transported by Cheltenham Township Emergency Medical Services to the trauma center at Abington Memorial Hospital, where she later died as the result of her injuries.

Police believe Wright was attempting to cross the street mid-block and was in the middle of the road when hit. The driver, an Elkins Park resident, immediately stopped and remained at the scene. She is cooperating fully with the investigation, said police in a release to the press. Sun glare is a possible contributing factor.

Police responded to the 911 call at about 8:50 a.m… 

http://t.co/7n8qcnhHJ8


Sun glare possible factor >

Fatal bike vs. truck accident renewing talk about rights of the road

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio - A fatal accident involving bikes and a truck are renewing discussions about the rights of the road.

The accident happened at just after 7 p.m. Thursday.

According to reports, a pick-up truck was driving west on Snowville Road and was starting to make a left turn onto Dewey Road.

It's a T-shaped intersection, and as the pick-up made the turn, the driver struck or was struck by one or more of the five bicycles that were traveling east on Snowville Road.

One of the bicyclists died at the scene. Four others were taken to area hospitals.

Sun glare may have been a factor in the incident, but police are still investigating how it all happened.

http://t.co/knY3j4Wazi


We got a shout-out in this article >

Road Warrior: Seasonal blind spots easily turn deadly – by By John Cichowski  - Record Columnist | The Record

Now that he's finished keeping us warm and tan at the Jersey Shore, our old friend Sol is turning ugly again as he shifts his blinding gaze to New Jersey's east-west roadways.

How ugly can sun glare get as autumn approaches?

"Just backing out of my driveway renders me blind," complained Hawthorne's Ken Ross. "Cars coming up behind me on Utter Avenue usually drive waaaay too fast!"

Clifton crossing guard Paula Kurtz said the glare is so severe on her West 2nd Street and 6th Avenue corner that "sometimes I can't see my kids" across the street. "I tell children to wait until I can focus and make sure no cars are coming before I cross them."

Crossing guards probably have it worse than any of us. Just last week, Jo Ann Hans was severely injured at the New Bridge Road crosswalk near Westminster Avenue in Bergenfield while ushering worshipers to Congregation Beth Abraham. Police listed sun glare as a contributing factor in the accident. Sun glare also contributed to the 2012 death of Little Ferry crossing guard Joseph Dotterman, who was helping a 70-year-old cross Mehrhof Road. It was a factor, too, in the critical injuries sustained by Cresskill crossing guard Ned Visich in 2012.

Besides crossing guards, Sol is given at least partial blame for serious North Jersey pedestrian crashes involving joggers, shoppers, schoolchildren and at least one trash collector: Ronald Fisher, who was killed on Godwin Avenue in Ridgewood in 1995.

Glare is believed to have played a role, too, in the death of Robert Carroll, killed crossing Essex Street in Hackensack near his Leigh Street apartment in 2011. It was blamed for injuries sustained by a woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter in the parking lot of a a Walmart in Riverdale in 2009 and two 12-year-olds on their way to middle school in New Milford.

Although federal highway safety authorities don't keep track of sun-glare deaths, some estimates place the national figure at more than 200. These crashes start to pick up in September when the sun rises almost exactly east and sets almost exactly west, so the sun is low enough at the horizon to zap drivers directly in the eyes. It happens again in early spring. But predicting exactly where and when Sol will blind you can be tricky. Anomalies abound.

Reverse glare

While going east to the George Washington Bridge in the afternoon, for example, motorists sometimes face reverse glare from The Modern, the high-rise glass residential tower recently built in Fort Lee, which bounces the rays into their eyes as the sun sets. The Modern is not the only example of danger for motorists driving away from the sun.

"The glare in front of you can wash out the brake lights of the car ahead of you," explained Ralph Bauwmeester [sic], an engineer whose Ontario consultancy advises police, lawyers, accident reconstructionists and motorists about sun-glare issues at sunposition.com.

Drivers can't always count on sound walls to protect them from the sun either. Some motorists complain about glare coming through the clear, acrylic panels at the top of the walls on Route 3 in Lyndhurst.

Here are more North Jersey locations that often draw sun-glare complaints:

  • Going from Paramus Road in Paramus to reach Route 4, called Broadway, is "almost impossible without sun glare because of constant traffic flow," said Ridgewood's Arlene Murphy. "But with sun glare starting around 7:30 in the morning, I literally cannot see anything."
  • Eastbound on Passaic Street approaching Burton Avenue in Hasbrouck Heights "requires looking directly into the sun as you reach the crosswalk at the crest of the hill," said Jeanette DeGennaro. "If you combine this with distracted driving, it's a recipe for accidents and worse."
  • On Cedar Lane eastbound in Teaneck around 7 a.m., "I can block the sun with my left arm, but even worse is the glare bouncing off the shop windows on my right," said Dave Boesch.
  • Beech Street near Hackensack High School is the place where blinding glare prompted David Beyer to quickly turn right onto Comet Way. It's also the place where a cop gave him a ticket for going the wrong way on Comet, a one-way street.
  • Glare can be found almost anywhere on Route 80, said Conrad Macina of Mount Arlington, especially near Route 15 in the afternoon.
  • Eastbound on Clinton Avenue in Bergenfield near the middle school is Patricia DiLorenzo's scariest place to drive. Glare caused her car to be hit from the rear there. "I was taken away by ambulance, but not seriously hurt," reported the Maywood reader.
  • While heading west out of Liberty State Park in Jersey City just before sunset to the New Jersey Turnpike, the sun is so strong that it makes searching for an exit nearly impossible, said Pat Kinney.

"What can a driver do?" asked the Leonia reader.

Here are some tips from Bauwmeester [sic]and others:

"Put your visor down and have your Polarized sunglasses within reach," said the Canadian expert. "Don't keep other stuff attached to your visor, because it's likely that you won't use it when you need it because you'll be afraid it'll fall in your lap."

Conrad Macina thinks he knows why many male motorists don't use visors.

"They think they're effeminate," he observed. "They're not. They help. I'd rather be thought of as a girly-girl than deadly dead."

Steve Carellas of the National Motorists Association suggested keeping a backup visor in the car: a baseball cap.

Clean windshields

AAA recommended slowing down and turning on headlights to improve visibility for oncoming motorists. The automobile club also suggested regularly cleaning windshields. Avoid vinyl cleaners, too, because they give dashboards a glossy finish that increases glare, said the experts.

Many readers suggested leaving work a bit early or late to avoid sunny danger. Patricia DiLorenzo, the driver who fears Passaic Street in Hasbrouck Heights, said she uses her flashers as she waits at lights or approaches dangerous intersections. Under glare conditions, Jeanette DeGennaro leaves more space between her car and the one ahead.

Accident reconstructionist Rich Pedersen offered this practical advice for blocking Sol's dangerous glare: "Get behind an 18-wheeler or a large truck," recommended the Bergenfield reader.

http://t.co/jH8gqn9pRm


Severe sun glare cited >

Syracuse Police Car Seriously Injures Bicyclist In Crash 

A bicyclist is hospitalized in serious condition after he was hit by an unmarked Syracuse car Wednesday in the town of Onondaga.

State police say they responded to the scene on Split Rock Road at around 4:50pm and found 56-year-old Thomas Frechette suffering from internal injuries and was taken to Upstate University Hospital.  Troopers spoke to Syracuse police officer Dennis Regin, who told them that his vision was obscured by "severe sun glare" when he turned into the path of Frechette.  The investigation into the crash continues.

http://t.co/1NAue2dB89


Fall Driving Tips | GordnerCoombs Insurance Inc.

Fall Driving Tips

PennDOT reminds motorists that wet leaves, fog, sun glare and frost are a few driving hazards that they will encounter this fall but there are steps drivers can take to help make their commutes safer...

Other fall hazards for motorists can be fog and sun glare…

Sun glare can be most problematic during sunrise and sunset which coincide with morning and evening rush hours. The intense glare from the sun on the horizon can blind a driver, causing an unexpected traffic slowdown. Drivers can prepare for the glare by keeping a set of sunglasses handy, removing clutter from their sun visors and keeping the inside of their vehicle´s windshield clean…

http://t.co/b1dSfzc4Q4


Bike Cleveland | Working For Safer Streets | Crash Not Accident

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By now many of you have heard about the tragedy on Snowville Road in Brecksville last Thursday. At 7:10 PM, a group of riders traveling east down Snowville Road were struck by a person traveling in a truck attempting to make a left hand turn onto Dewey Ave, leaving four injured and one dead. It has been less than a day since the incident and the response has ranged from sadness, to dismay, to the inevitable victim blaming and mantra of “accidents happen.”

Calling a collision by a licensed automobile operator who failed to yield the right of way to an oncoming two-wheeled vehicle an “accident” is wrong. It was completely preventable, so let’s call it what it was: a crash. We don’t have “plane accidents”, we have “plane crashes” where we investigate and find the cause of the crash, then attempt to mitigate the chances it happens again…

The results of the police investigation are still pending, but knowing that intersection very well it is obvious that the truck failed to yield the right of way. Some news outlets are speculating that sun glare was a contributing factor. I contend that if you cannot see where you are going, then don’t turn across an oncoming lane. Moreover, if you can’t see, pull over and stop driving…

http://t.co/RbRl4rx9dL


Officials say sun glare may be to blame >

Crash between school bus, van kills one near Erie, PA

HARBORCREEK, Pa. (WIVB) — One person is dead after an early morning crash involving a van and a school bus filled with kids near Erie in Pennsylvania.

Police say sun glare may be to blame for a minivan slamming into the back of the bus on Station Road in Harborcreek at around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

http://t.co/0akgXKV0kV


It's that time of year again when sun glare crashes increase due to rising/setting sun along east-west roads. Be prepared.


Prepare for driving in sun glare. Clean windshield, clear visor so you can actually use it, clear dash, polarized sunglasses ready.


Drivers, pedestrians & cyclists take note. Sun glare is more intense this time of year when weather is cool, clear and free of haze.


Good advice here re driving in sunglare >

Blinded By The Light | The Legal Examiner

Rain, snow, ice, and fog are typically the first things to come to mind when we think dangerous weather conditions. But, the glare from the sun can be equally dangerous. In fact, the sun’s glare causes more than 3,000 auto accidents per year, most occurring during rush hour…

There are several things preventive measures motorists can take:

  • Wear sunglasses with polarized lenses and UV protection.
  • Keep the windshield clean.
  • Turn on headlights.
  • Drive slower and at a safe distance. A driver who cannot determine the color of a traffic light should not be driving through it – especially at the normal, posted speed.
  • Take an alternate route.
  • Most importantly, if you can’t see, don’t drive!

Drivers and pedestrians should be aware that vehicles heading into the sun may not see the traffic light or stop sign and, may not stop…

http://t.co/Hm5tQE0gxB


Shawn Micallef @shawnmicallef:  @SunPosition thought you as I drove into the blinding sun on Sunday in Quebec. People braking on highway 20 cuz sun.

> RB:  Yeah, the low bright sun is brutal these days. Especially with the cool clear weather.

> RB:  Many US street grids are due east-west. They are especially bad for sun at this time of year.


North Jersey locations that often draw sun-glare complaints

  • Going from Paramus Road in Paramus to reach Route 4, called Broadway, is "almost impossible without sun glare because of constant traffic flow," said Ridgewood's Arlene Murphy. "But with sun glare starting around 7:30 in the morning, I literally cannot see anything."
  • Eastbound on Passaic Street approaching Burton Avenue in Hasbrouck Heights "requires looking directly into the sun as you reach the crosswalk at the crest of the hill," said Jeanette DeGennaro. "If you combine this with distracted driving, it's a recipe for accidents and worse."
  • On Cedar Lane eastbound in Teaneck around 7 a.m., "I can block the sun with my left arm, but even worse is the glare bouncing off the shop windows on my right," said Dave Boesch.
  • Beech Street near Hackensack High School is the place where blinding glare prompted David Beyer to quickly turn right onto Comet Way. It's also the place where a cop gave him a ticket for going the wrong way on Comet, a one-way street.
  • Glare can be found almost anywhere on Route 80, said Conrad Macina of Mount Arlington, especially near Route 15 in the afternoon.
  • Eastbound on Clinton Avenue in Bergenfield near the middle school is Patricia DiLorenzo's scariest place to drive. Glare caused her car to be hit from the rear there. "I was taken away by ambulance, but not seriously hurt," reported the Maywood reader.
  • While heading west out of Liberty State Park in Jersey City just before sunset to the New Jersey Turnpike, the sun is so strong that it makes searching for an exit nearly impossible, said Pat Kinney.

http://t.co/yqmBnxE05j


Autumn glare causing problems for Indianapolis drivers | 13 WTHR Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS - You could call it a glaring problem at intersections across central Indiana. It pops up this time of the year and it can be downright dangerous. We're talking about sun glare, which is at its worst during the morning and evening rush hours…

Is the blinding sun to blame?  Hard to say, but 1st Sgt Rich Myers with the Indiana State Police said the intense glare does make driving much more hazardous.

"It's a very, very bad time of year," Myers said.  "It's primarily during rush hour and you can see how the sun can cause problems."

Blame it on the fall equinox, when the rising and later, setting sun, aligns perfectly with east west roads. 

"It is something drivers need to be aware of, something they need to look out for," Myers said…

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
  • 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.

http://t.co/0TdXYpkU3z


Beware of blinding equinox | via @MDN

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Although the weather is tranquil this week, there is one travel hazard that will persist: the glare from the sun. The sun rises and sets in line with east-west roads the next few days, causing a lot of glare, reports the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. Beware of the "solar slowdowns."

Here are some tips to help make your drive safe:

  • Make sure your windshield is clean on the inside and outside.
  • Run your defroster until the moisture on the window is completely evaporated.
  • Wear sunglasses and use your visor.

http://t.co/RE1vVkTKI6


Sun glare may have been factor in car and horse cart crash

The early morning sun may have been a factor in a crash between a car and a horse-drawn cart near Pawnee City on Wednesday, Pawnee County Sheriff Jayme Reed said.

Kyle Clow, 25, of Pawnee City was driving a 1994 Honda Accord when it collided with the cart driven by Kenneth Yoder, 23, also of Pawnee City. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. about a mile east of Pawnee City on Nebraska 8/50. Both the cart and the car were eastbound…

http://t.co/jyimMTpEWi


The sun sets in line with WB Hwy 401 between Victoria Park and Leslie this week (week of Sep 28/15) in Toronto. Be prepared for sun glare.
Cheers, Ralph

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