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How come?
#1056943 Thu Sep 18 2014 01:54 AM
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Once again, on the news, video from a police dash cam.
He pulls a guy over. Guy gets out of his car. They both step over to the right side of the cars, and some idiot crashes into the police car.
It seems to happen a lot. Cop car has super bright flashing lights. You can't not see it.

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Re: How come?
Jim Bow #1056948 Thu Sep 18 2014 02:09 AM
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I don't know about the cop cars there, but up here the new LED light bars are so bright that they nearly blind you when it's dark out, and I've even found myself unintentionally steering towards them because it's so bright I can't see.

There are also many people that don't pay attention as well, and I don't know the situation in this case. I'm of the opinion that those super bright lights are dangerous though..

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Re: How come?
Jim Bow #1056965 Thu Sep 18 2014 02:53 AM
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So the guy who did the plowing should sue the cops? Might get them to tone down the lights.

Re: How come?
Jim Bow #1056974 Thu Sep 18 2014 03:32 AM
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another texting driver ohwell

Moved over to the Passing Lane

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Re: How come?
Jim Bow #1056979 Thu Sep 18 2014 04:01 AM
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I agree with the too bright comments. Last time I passed a traffic stop at night I had to come almost to a complete stop before I got adjusted enough to get around them.

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Re: How come?
Jim Bow #1057003 Thu Sep 18 2014 12:46 PM
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The driver that hit the cop car was drunk. 'Nuf said about why.

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Re: How come?
Jim Bow #1057013 Thu Sep 18 2014 01:41 PM
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Bright lights is an under statement. It don't have to be dark to
blind you with the new light bars. I passed a pull over the
other day in bright sun light and had to look away to keep
from hurting my eyes. There's such a thing as going to far
with somethings.
darn near as bad as those super bright headlights some jerks
are putting in their vehicles.

Re: How come?
Jim Bow #1057019 Thu Sep 18 2014 02:39 PM
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One of the first things taught in my Police Basic back in 1981 was the effects of rotating/flashing lights on other drivers at night. We were taught early on to watch approaching traffic because it was a proven fact that drivers would drift toward the lights instead of away from them. Alcohol/drugs just ad to the problem. Most agencies teach their officers to take the drivers to the roadside away from the patrol car if they conduct their interviews outside of the offenders vehicle. Oklahoma passed legislation a couple of years ago that requires you to move to the lane away (if it's a 4 lane)from the emergency vehicle or to slow down drastically. If you don't you may find the flashing lights behind you. Public safety is what it's all about.

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Re: How come?
Justhorsenround #1057097 Thu Sep 18 2014 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Justhorsenround was a proven fact that drivers would drift toward the lights instead of away from them. Alcohol/drugs just ad to the problem.

I read an article way back before the internet that a couple of shrinks did some research into that sort of thing.
Nobody could ever figure out why, when a driver accidently left the highway, he'd crash into the only lone tree by the roadside without another tree for miles.

They figured that in a "panic" situation, the driver would stare at the tree and "hope" he wouldn't hit it - but a driver will subconsciously steer/aim a vehicle wherever he's looking without even realizing it because it happens in split-seconds.
Therefore, the best bet is to try and look where you want the vehicle to go - ie: 10 or so feet away from the tree, or whatever. (if you can)

I explained all that to my kids when they were learning to drive. I hope it sank in.

Re: How come?
Jim Bow #1057111 Thu Sep 18 2014 10:29 PM
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.....on "road trips" I intentionally "ride to one side" and later toward the other lane to prove a point to my wife. Its amazing how many folks "follow" me..... sad part is that on occasions I find myself doing the same thing to the vehicle in front of me, but not for long. My old racing days take over and makes me want to go to the front smile

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