Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sun Glare While Driving – March 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

Driver tells police he was blinded by the sun before hitting pedestrian | 69 News WFMZ-TV

Driver tells police he was blinded by the sun before hitting pedestrian

“An Allentown man said he was temporarily blinded by the sun, when his car hopped a curb and severely injured a pedestrian.”…

“Velez, who stayed on the scene, told police he was driving his 2004 Acura TL west on Hamilton Street shortly before 5:30 p.m., when he was temporarily blinded by the setting sun. The blinding glare allegedly caused him to lose track of the street, and he drove onto the curb just past Front Street.”…


Driver says sun in her eyes when she struck and killed cyclist | Calgary Herald

Deric Kryvenchuk was killed by a driver while cycling south of Calgary.

“An accused driver told court that blinding sun in her eyes was to blame when she struck and killed a cyclist nearly two years ago.

Joely Lambourn told a Calgary jury on Tuesday that she had no idea what occurred until she stopped her car and raced back to the scene of the carnage she created.

“It was really quite bright and sunny out,” Lambourn said of the afternoon of May 4, 2015, when Okotoks resident Deric Kryvenchuk was killed as he rode his bicycle on the shoulder of Highway 7 at the south end of the town.

“I just remember coming up the hill . . . and the sun was directly in my eyes,” she told defence lawyer Mitch Stephensen.

“I remember seeing cars coming toward me . . . and then I heard a bang, so I knew I hit something and I just pulled over,” Lambourn said.

“The sun was in my face and the next thing I heard was a bang.”

Lambourn, 43, is charged with dangerous driving in connection with Kryvenchuk’s death.

She told Stephensen she never saw the man as he cycled by the side of the highway.”…


>RT @KMartinCourts: Jurors asked to reject driver's claim blinding sun caused deadly collision https://t.co/Y3qQ21qptj 

>Every case different.

>Yes, every case is different, but hopefully evidence as to sun position was taken into account. @KMartinCourts

AAA: Time Change Sunday Means Darker Commute Monday | via @pressanddakotan

“One of the most anticipated “signs of spring” arrives this weekend when the clocks “spring forward” (Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12), losing an hour of morning daylight in exchange for the extended daylight hour we enjoy in the evening. However, come Monday morning, the commute will take on a new look for school students waiting for buses and walking or biking to school and for motorists driving to work – in the dark.

“We’ll see a dramatic difference during our morning commute this Monday. Roadways will remain darker longer, causing concern for pedestrians,” said Marilyn Buskohl, spokeswoman for AAA South Dakota. “Motorists and pedestrians need to be aware of these dangers, remain alert, and minimize distractions to reduce the risk of motor vehicle crashes.”

Losing an hour of sleep can also increase a motorist’s risk of drowsy driving. In a recent AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index report, nearly one in three drivers confessed they were so tired they drove drowsy during the previous 30 days. The study also found that nearly all drivers view sleepy drivers as a very serious threat to their personal safety. Drowsy driving is involved in more than one in five fatal crashes on U.S. roadways each year.

“A change in time can mean that drivers are more tired than they realize,” said Buskohl. “AAA warns that drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash.”

The auto club offers motorists and pedestrians the following safety tips:

Tips for Drivers

• Slow down, pay attention and eliminate all distractions.

• Watch out for pedestrians when backing up in parking lots and driveways.

• Sun glare can make it difficult to see so:

— Increase your following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you; use your sun visor and invest in polarized sunglasses; both can help reduce glare.

— Turn on your headlights to make your vehicle more visible during the early morning and evening hours.

— Keep vehicle headlights and windows clean.

— Watch the high beams. Do not use them when other cars or pedestrians are around.

• Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks. Do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.

Tips for Pedestrians

• Cross at intersections or crosswalks — not in the middle of the street or between parked cars.

• Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. If you have to walk on a road that does not have sidewalks, walk facing traffic.

• Evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before you step out into the street.

• Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking near traffic at dawn, dusk and at night. Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.

• Allow extra time and distance for a vehicle to stop in inclement weather.

• While walking, pocket the cell phone and avoid using headphones at volumes that don’t let you hear what the traffic is doing around you.

• Do not let umbrellas or jacket hoods block your view of approaching traffic.”


After the time change sun conditions will be different on your daily commute.

Drivers, be prepared, be extra careful.

...Think of it this way, the sun will move backward one hour after the spring time change.

Sun glare contributed to collision involving service trucks at Pinellas Plaza | Villages-News

Emergency responders were on the scene of an accident Monday morning at Pinelllas Plaza.

“The sun’s glare contributed to a Monday morning crash involving two service trucks on County Road 466A in front of Pinellas Plaza.

Jose Manuel Hernandez, 25, of Leesburg, had been at the wheel of a Massey Services truck at 7:41 a.m. which was eastbound on CR 466A when it collided with the rear-end of a Brian Terry Vinyl & Aluminum truck driven by 59-year-old Jeffrey Keith Osborne of Fruitland Park, according to an accident report from the Wildwood Police Department.”…


Cheers, Ralph

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