Friday, January 1, 2016

Sun Glare While Driving – December 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:

Previous sun glare crashes here >

Driver in accidental death of 12 year old faces misdemeanor - via @OuterBanksVoice


The driver involved in the accident that led to the death of a 12-year-old First Flight Middle School School student has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, according to the Kill Devil Hills Police Department.

Doris Younts, 62, of Colington was also charged with failure to stop at a steady red light. A misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charge is warranted when an unintentional death is caused by a moving violation other than driving while impaired.

Brianna Blumenthal was hit Nov. 23 while on her bicycle in the crosswalk at the intersection of Veteran’s Drive and Colington Road near the First Flight schools complex.

The accident happened late in the afternoon. The sun was low and the driver was heading directly west…

Sun glare may have been major factor >

Mother, 2 kids to Hospital After Car vs. Pedestrian Collision | KLKN TV

A mother and her two children were sent to the hospital this morning after being stuck by an SUV and then dragged underneath it a couple feet.

The incident happened outside Adams Elementary School just before 8:30 a.m. Lincoln Police say that the driver of the SUV was trying to turn east on to Tamarin Ridge Road.

They report that the driver heard a another vehicle honk at them, thinking they were clear to proceed, but instead that driver was warning the SUV of the three pedestrians. LPD says that sun glare may have been a major factor in this accident…

Sun reflection off building >

State Farm building causing problems in Tempe - via @abc15

The new multi-million dollar State Farm building in Tempe isn't a welcome sight for some drivers on Rio Salado Parkway. Drivers are complaining the sun's reflection off the all glass facade is blinding.

The peak time for the intense reflection is during rush hour. One driver says he noticed it as soon as the glass went into the building.

"It's like somebody taking a mirror and reflecting the sun off it right into your eyes," said Scott Leblang who drives west on Rio Salado everyday. "If there's a pedestrian there, you may not see them because of the glare."

After this story aired on ABC15 Mornings, a viewer said she noticed the glare during games at Sun Devil Stadium. She said everyone had to put sunglasses on while sitting on the eastside of the stadium.

The developer of the building told ABC15 it will take information and meet with their team to evaluate the concerns.

A City of Tempe spokesperson said, "there is not a belief at this time that there is a hazardous condition involving the site."…

Roundabout proposed as remedy for high-accident intersection | West Life

This graphic shows a proposed roundabout superimposed on a satellite image of the Center Ridge – Canterbury intersection. (Graphic courtesy of City of Westlake)

Engineering consultants hired by the city say a roundabout is the safest, least expensive solution for reducing the number of accidents at the intersection of Center Ridge and Canterbury roads.

But the city’s Planning Commission is not convinced. On Oct. 5, its members voted 3-1 against approving a proposal to replace the traditional traffic-signal intersection with a roundabout at Center Ridge and Canterbury roads…

The majority of the accidents involved cars driving along Center Ridge being struck by cars coming from the opposite direction while attempting left turns onto Canterbury, Kelly said.

The fact that the two streets are not perpendicular appears to be a factor in the high accident rate. The streets meet at the northwest corner of the intersection at an angle of roughly 120 degrees.

“You cannot turn left. Repeat, never can you turn left during the day going either way (on Center Ridge),” Ward 2 Councilman Nick Nunnari said. “You’re waiting in line on both sides, and it’s a complete blind spot. If you go, it’s a roll of the dice whether you get hit.”

Nunnari later added that sun glare often presents a problem to drivers heading west on Center Ridge…

Sun glare suspected >

Boy, two teens hurt in wreck with 18-wheeler - KABB - San Antonio

Six people were hurt in a major wreck involving an 18-wheeler on San Antonio's Southwest Side on Sunday afternoon.

According to the San Antonio Police Department, a woman driving an SUV was stopped along Loop 410 near Somerset Road and the SUV was not completely off the roadway.

A pickup truck slammed into the back of the SUV and then hit an 18-wheeler in the next lane over.

A 6-year-old boy in the SUV, two teens in the truck and the drivers of both vehicles were taken to University Hospital. A front-seat passenger in the SUV was airlifted to University Hospital.

The driver of the truck stated glare from the sun may have contributed to the wreck…

Sun a factor as hill crested >

Prosecutors won't charge driver who killed pedestrian in Harpswell | The Portland Press Herald

A Cumberland County sheriff's deputy directs traffic on Aug. 5 near the site where Isabella Slocum, 16, struck and killed Rita Douglas, 75, while Douglas walked her dog.
Press Herald file photo/Gregory Rec

Prosecutors have declined to press criminal charges against a 16-year-old girl who had possessed her driver’s license for less than two months when she struck and killed a pedestrian and her dog in Harpswell.

The teenager, Isabella Slocum of Harpswell, hit 75-year-old Rita Douglas and the dog Aug. 5 as they walked along Harpswell Island Road at about 6:40 a.m

Investigators found that the sun would have been in Slocum’s eyes as she crested a hill near where Douglas was walking…

Ice, sun combine to blind driver; truck lands on boulder | Cedar City News

A single-vehicle accident Thursday morning was caused by a combination of ice and sun glare on a windshield.

An 18-year-old woman was driving east on North Rachel Drive in Santa Clara, near the intersection of Rachel Drive and Paradise Village Drive, at about 8:15 a.m., Santa Clara-Ivins Police Officer Chad Holt said.

“She had some ice on her windshield … and the sun was in her eyes,” Holt said…

History of sun glare issues >

Bullis crosswalk to remain as task force considers safety improvements | Los Altos Town Crier

With parents, students and an impassioned school principal testifying on its behalf, the Fremont Road crosswalk in front of Gardner Bullis School received a reprieve Dec. 16.

“I think it’s unsafe, but I certainly don’t want to fight the school district and the principal, whom I have a tremendous amount of respect for, and the parents,” said Los Altos Hills City Councilman John Radford, expressing an opinion echoed by fellow councilmembers.

So less than a month after the council voted unanimously to remove the crosswalk, an overwhelming pushback from the community swayed councilmembers at the special council meeting last week to vote unanimously to table those plans...

The crosswalk began its existence on the west side of Fremont Pines Lane. Workers installed it in November 2010, back when parking was allowed on the north side of Fremont Road. But by late 2013, it became clear that factors like sun glare and tree shading prevented commuters from seeing children attempting to cross south to the school, and a traffic consulting company recommended relocating the crosswalk to its present location on the east side of Fremont Pines Lane. The city council agreed, and the new configuration – complete with push-button lighted signs – was installed by December 2014. Yet accidents and near-accidents persisted…

RT Boston Daily News @BostonDailyNews Sun glare may have caused hayride crash that injured 7:  Police say a driver may have been blinded by the sun

Sun in driver's eyes may have caused hayride crash in Maine |

Waterville Hayride Crash

A driver may have been blinded by the sun when he crashed a car into a horse-drawn carriage, injuring seven people on a Christmas Day hayride, police said Saturday…

Police said it appears Libby, who was not injured, did not see the carriage until it was too late because of the angle and intensity of the sun; both vehicles were headed west around 2:30 p.m. when the crash occurred…

No charges have been filed and the investigation is continuing…

Cheers, Ralph

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