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'Sun blindness' a major safety issue in Spokane

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In the last 24 hours there have been two pedestrian vs. vehicle wrecks that have been blamed on the sun. In the last 24 hours there have been two pedestrian vs. vehicle wrecks that have been blamed on the sun.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

In the last 24 hours there have been two pedestrian vs. vehicle wrecks that have been blamed on the sun. 

This time of year, spring and fall are the worst because near the spring and fall equinox the sun is most directly due east and west depending on the time of day. 

Sun glare or sun blindness is a major safety issue.  It's the cause of 3,000 accidents a year according to a 2013 study. 

Right now the sun rise is around 6:30 am and sunset is close to 7:30 pm. 

Sunlight also doesn't blind us all equally.  A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that older drivers are more likely to get involved in crashes if glare obstructs their vision. 

In fact 38.5 percent of drivers involved in crashes related to glare were 45 years of age or older. 

There are some things you can do to try and fight the glare. 

First wear sunglasses and use your visor when necessary. 

Make sure your windshield is clean, because if it's dirty the light can be filtered and more distracting. 

Alter drive times or routes if you can and most importantly GO SLOW if you can't see. 

Many of these wrecks happen at feet per second, not miles per hour.

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