Friday, March 17, 2017

Sun Glare While Driving – February 2017

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

Sunlight glare on defrosting window triggers rollover in Santa Clara | St George News

“Four teens on their way to school Friday were diverted after the driver was unable to negotiate a curve on Pioneer Parkway in Santa Clara and instead lost control and rolled off the right shoulder.

Just after 8 a.m. emergency crews and officers were dispatched to a reported rollover on Pioneer Parkway just east of Harmons grocery store, Santa Clara Fire Chief Dan Nelson said.

Upon arrival, officers found a green Saturn four-door passenger vehicle off the right side of the road sitting perfectly on its side, with the passenger side facing up.

The driver told officers that as they were driving east on Pioneer Parkway, they approached a hill while the windshield was still defrosting, Nelson said. Just before hitting a curve in the road, the sunlight hit the windshield, and the glare combined with the lingering moisture still on the glass and made it impossible for the driver to see.

The driver couldn’t see the upcoming curve in the road and lost control of the vehicle as it swerved onto the right shoulder, Nelson said. The driver then overcorrected to the left in an attempt to bring the car back onto the roadway, but instead the vehicle rolled one time and came to rest with the driver’s side smashed in between lava rocks located several feet from the roadway.”…

Glare reportedly causes morning commute accident | via @WniTest

Approximately 20 cars were involved in Wednesday morning’s pileup on  southbound U.S. 93 at Coyote Pass.


“A low-horizon sun glare is to blame for a car pileup on U.S. Highway 93 Wednesday morning that shut down southbound lanes and backed up traffic for miles.

According to Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr, the incident started at 7:55 a.m. near milepost 63.

DPS received numerous calls of collisions that started when a motorcyclist and pick-up truck reportedly collided, causing a chain reaction of crashes involving about 20 vehicles. Mehr said the sunlight may have blinded some drivers.”…

"RT Shawn Micallef  @shawnmicallef:  As we landed in freezing rain at YYZ, the Air Canada pilot said ""the most dangerous part of journey will be your drive home"".

> .@shawnmicallef  True even on good days.

Another sun glare plus left turn crash >

Sun Glare Results in Injury Accident | West Kentucky Star

County Line Road Injury Accident 2-7-2017

“Limited visibility due to sun glare resulted in a two-vehicle injury accident Tuesday.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, the crash happened in the 3700 block of County Line Road. Deputies said a vehicle driven by 41-year-old Adam T. Bridges, of Melber, was westbound on County Line Road and slowed to make a left turn into a home at that location. 

Bridges told police that glare from the sun obstructed his view and he turned into the path of another vehicle driven by 18-year-old James Chancellor of Bardwell.”…

RT @AppleGlassHou:  @SunPosition- Sun glare is the worst. It's dangerous and obnoxious. ;)

Blinding sun + dirty windshield = accident waiting to happen >

Sun glare triggers double crash | The Times Record

“Three people were taken to a Brunswick hospital with minor injuries after the blinding sun and a dirty windshield started a chain reaction on Route 1 in West Bath Friday.

Two separate crashes were reported at 7:15 a.m. on Route 1 Northbound just beyond the on ramp from New Meadows Road, according to Sgt. Greg Siegel of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office.

Siegel said a 2010 Toyota sedan driven by Scott Kennedy, 52, of Harpswell, was in the passing lane when the first crash occurred. Kennedy reportedly couldn’t see due to the glare of the sun, the fact that his windshield was covered with salt and that his windshield washer system wasn’t working.

Police said that Kennedy claimed to have pulled into the breakdown lane and stopped. However, there was no breakdown lane and he had stopped in the passing lane, Siegel said. Kennedy was about to open the door and get out to clear his windshield when he was rear-ended by a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Michael Pontau Jr., 35, of Topsham.

A 2015 Honda driven by Joshua Garneau, 27, of Brunswick was in the passing lane slowing in traffic because of the crash ahead. Garneau was hit from behind by a 2017 Toyota sedan driven by Richard Segovia, 39, of San Antonio, Texas.

Siegel said Segovia told him he thought he struck a guardrail. Everyone was blinded by the glare of the sun on the road and the new snow.”

“Siegel urges drivers who can’t see ahead of them because of the angle or glare of the sun, to slow down.

After a winter storm it is also important to make sure your windshield and windows are clear for optimal visibility, and be sure your vehicle has freeze-resistant windshield washer fluid.”

Kayakers obscured by sun glare >

NTSB calls for harbor safety committees, national boater education  | Workboat

Kayakers and commercial traffic on the Chicago River. Creative Commons/ Larry Dostal via NTSB.

“The Coast Guard should ask Congress to mandate safety education for all recreational boaters in U.S. waters, and use harbor safety committees to reduce dangerous encounters between boaters and commercial vessels, the National Transportation Safety Board says in a new report.

The report “Shared Waterways: Safety of Recreational and Commercial Vessels in the Marine Transportation System,” was inspired by the Aug. 30, 2016 collision between a New York Waterway ferry and kayakers on the Hudson River side of New York City that left three paddlers injured.

“The consensus from the industry was that we take a look at this,” said Capt. Morgan J. Turrell, chief marine accident investigations with the NTSB, who spoke on the subject at the recent Passenger Vessel Association convention in Seattle.

The NTSB report notes the incident off Manhattan’s West Side piers at 39th Street — when the departing ferry collided with kayakers obscured by sun glare — highlighted the growing risks of traffic conflict, especially with the burgeoning popularity of non-motorized paddle craft.”…

> RT @lives2talk:  Surprised it's taken this long!

> .@lives2talk No kidding. Hopefully the education will help prevent this in the future.

Driving Safe In Sun Glare | Law Firm Blog

“Driving in the sunlight is an (almost) daily gift us Floridians get to bask in – so let’s do it safely!

Right after sunrise, and right before sunset, the sun often shines directly into drivers’ eyes, so you end up driving with a strong glare. This glare makes it difficult to see the road ahead which is risky to you and others on the road.

So here are our Top 10 Tips on Driving Safely in Sun Glare:”…

read on >>>

Rochester Police: Glare from sun said to be factor in crash |

“One person was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries Tuesday morning after an accident involving a truck and an SUV that police say may have been caused by glare from the sun.

Rochester Police, Rochester Fire and Frisbie EMS responded to Old Dover Road at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning near the intersection of Tebbetts Road for a reported vehicle accident with injury.

Officers learned that Guy Leighton, 36, of Strafford, was driving a GMC box truck on Old Dover Road that was experiencing mechanical problems. The truck was pulled to the side of the road, but still partially in the travel lane.

Manuel Escoto, 83, of Rochester, was traveling south on Old Dover Road in a Toyota Highlander, when he stuck the rear of the GMC Truck. The Highlander suffered front-end damage and was towed from the scene. The passenger in the Highlander, Virya Sanabria, 67, of Rochester, was transported to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital by Frisbie EMS for non-life threatening injuries.

It appears that glare from the sun may have played a factor in the collision, police said.”…

Torontohenge is cool to see, when you're not driving. Be prepared for sun glare this week along Toronto's street grid.

RT Shane O'Connor @oconnorshane:  Traffic lights in the ground? Come on, just look up from your smartphone | Michele Hanson #RoadSafety

‘Why pander to these creatures? How will they ever learn to look where they’re going?’

> Ridiculous! Next will be traffic lights that show up on phones via an app! @oconnorshane @PublicSafetyNL

Sun glare a factor? Directly in line with Wolsely at 4pm >

School buses collide | Peterborough Examiner

Peterborough paramedics and firefighters treat injured students after two school buses collided at Wolsely and Donegal streets in Peterborough, Ont. on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. City police are investigating. Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/Postmedia Network

“At least six students were taken to Peterborough Regional Health Centre for treatment after two school buses collided in Peterborough's north end just before 4 p.m. Thursday.

It happened at Wolsely and Donegal streets after one bus rear-ended the other.”…

.@SafeDriver Great article Scott covering one of my pet driving peeves. DRL also stands for Dumb Rear Lights by the way.

.@SafeDriver ...that, and drivers that fill in the gap I leave ahead of me.

Cheers, Ralph

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