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Morning, afternoon glare from sun making roadways more dangerous

Morning, afternoon glare from sun making roadways more dangerous
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Scottsbluff Police are reminding us the shorter days this time of year also mean more difficult driving conditions due to the early morning and late afternoon sun.

Captain Tony Straub tells KNEB News two recent accidents highlight the need for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to be extra cautious. “Just the one serious one, it does put that up at the forefront. And another thing (with) our Animal Control officer getting into an accident, same thing, said he couldn’t see because of the sun,” says Straub. “But that was with a parked car, obviously the pedestrian one was more serious.”

Straub says for drivers, the best way to combat glare from the sun is to slow down, use a sun visor and make sure the windshield stays clean.

For pedestrians and bicyclists, he says you must watch closely how a vehicle is moving  and don’t assume a driver has seen you to yield the right of way, even if you’re in a crosswalk.

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