Monday, October 9, 2017

Sun Glare While Driving – September 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

School Bus Crash In Berlin, authorities say it appears that sun glare was a factor | CBS Connecticut

“BERLIN, CT – No injuries are reported after a car slammed into the back of a stopped school bus in Berlin Friday morning.

Police say the crash occurred on Middletown Road just west of Renee Drive shortly after 6:30 a.m. There were three students on the bus at the time, said police.

The driver of the car was cited for following too closely, said police. Authorities say it appears that sun glare was a factor in the crash.”

Sun glare a factor >

Trial Pushed to 2018 for City Employee Accused in Fatal Whoop Up Drive Crash | CJOC-FM 

“Scott Erickson, 32, was supposed to go to trial on Wednesday (Sep. 6), but it has now been moved to March 5 and 6 of 2018.

The trial for a City of Lethbridge employee accused in a fatal collision from 2015 has been moved back by a few months. Scott Erickson was supposed to go to trial on Wednesday (Sep. 6), which would have run through to September 12. However, it will now only last two days, over March 5 and 6 of next year. The 32-year old pleaded not guilty to a charge of dangerous driving causing death late in 2016, also electing for trial by judge alone at that time. In November 2015, a 74-year old man was killed along westbound Whoop Up Drive when his minivan hit a front end loader that was clearing snow on the road. Police allege that a lack of warning signs and pilot vehicle, as well as the driving pattern of the loader and sun glare were all factors in the collision.”

Sun glare cited >

Marlington school bus struck; no one injured | Canton Repository

“A vehicle crashed into the rear of a Marlington Local Schools bus shortly after 8:30 Wednesday morning.

No one was injured, according to Police Chief Ron Devies.

He said the driver of a Honda Element cited sun glare, in not seeing the bus, as it prepared to stop on Smith Kramer Street NE, west of Miller Avenue.”…

Be mindful of sun glare >

Lyndhurst Boys, 13, Struck By Car Headed To School | Lyndhurst Daily Voice 

“LYNDHURST, NJ - Two 13-year-old Lyndhurst boys on their way to school were struck by a car Thursday morning, minutes before an elderly crossing guard was clipped on the hand by a hit-and-run driver, police said.

The boys were crossing Page Avenue to Ridge Road when they were struck by a vehicle driven by a 47-year-old Lyndhurst woman who was turning left in the same direction, Capt. John Valente said.”…

"The accident is still under investigation, but it appears that several factors may have contributed to the accident," Valente said.

"Sun glare may have been an issue for the vehicle operator," the captain said.”…

It's that time of year again, please watch for sun glare >

Teenager hit by car at Carisbrook | via @BgoAddy

“Police say the driver involved in an incident in which a teenage girl was hit by a car will not face any penalties at this stage, describing it as an accident.

First Constable Jude Sproull said the 16-year-old’s dog had gotten away from her and she darted across the road chasing it, coming into the path of a car.

She said it appeared sun glare was a factor.

The girl sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for observation.

The incident occurred at Victoria and Smith streets shortly after 8am on Friday.”…

Fall road conditions can be dangerous for drivers |

…”As the mornings grow colder, drivers are more likely to experience fog, which can limit visibility. It can also distort their perception of distance, making them more likely to become involved in an accident that they would have otherwise avoided. Similarly, sun glare in the mornings and evenings can make it difficult to see pedestrians and other vehicles. In some cases, it can even be temporarily blinding.”…

>Leigh Buchan‏ @lives2talk:  Sun glare at this time of year is the worst, especially for those travelling west in the late afternoon!

>Yup, the sun is rising/setting more in line with E-W roads these days. Plus, clear skies with less humidity and smog...

Sun glare a factor >

Bicyclist Struck By Car During Morning Rush | NewsRadio 1110 KFAB

“A bicyclist is in the hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a car at 80th and Pacific Monday morning.

Sergeant Doug Klein says 55 year old Charles Manzitto was northbound on 80th around 6:40 a.m.  As he was crossing Pacific an eastbound car came over the hill and hit him.  Manzitto was taken to Bergan Mercy Hospital with a head injury, but he is expected to survive.

Klein says speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash and they are trying to determine if sun glare contributed to the accident.”…

Safety Tip: Battling Sun Glare | Automotive Fleet

“Driving while you’re struggling with sun glare can be maddeningly frustrating — and dangerous. Here are some tips from AAA Exchange you can pass along to fleet drivers:

  • 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 you’re having a difficult time seeing the road, use lane markings to help guide you.”

Driver did right thing and pulled down visor, but... >

Norma driver cited for careless driving | via @theDailyJournal

“A 25-year-old Norma woman was cited for careless driving and driving on a suspended license after a rear-end crash Monday evening along Almond Road, near Mill Road.

Louise A. Harris told police she was headed west on Almond Road and was pulling her vehicle's sun visor down due to "heavy sun glare" and didn't see a Ford pickup truck had stopped, waiting to pull into a driveway, according to police reports.”…

Fall Driving Safety Tips | TMA Bucks

“Sun glare can be most problematic during sunrise and sunset, which often 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 sun visors and keeping the inside of their vehicle’s windshield clean.

Morning frost and icy spots on the road can also cause problems as overnight temperatures drop toward freezing. Motorists should pay particular attention to bridges, overpasses and shaded areas on roadways where icy spots can form on the pavement. Motorists should always completely clear their vehicles’ windows of frost before travel.”…

Glare of sun blamed in accident on County Road 466 at Belvedere entrance |

“The glare of the evening sun is being blamed for an accident that sent two people to local hospitals.

A vehicle had been traveling west at about 7 p.m. Saturday on County Road 466 and making a left turn into the Village of Belvedere. The sun was in the driver’s eyes and he did not see an eastbound vehicle on County Road 466, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.”…

Solar Glare Blamed For 10-Car Crash On Route 128 In Beverly | CBS Boston

“The bright sun appears to be the cause of a 10-car crash that shut down part of Route 128 in Beverly Friday morning.

State Police said it started at about 7 a.m. in the northbound lanes near exit 19 when solar glare became a problem for several drivers.

There was a crash just north of the rest area and another collision followed that one.”…

Cheers, Ralph

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