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Tractor-trailer driver slams into State Police cruiser on 128 in Weston; trooper injured
By adamg on Wed, 09/29/2021 - 9:00am
State Police report a trooper on a construction detail on Rte. 128 southbound in Weston was seriously injured around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday when the driver of an 18-wheeler slammed into the back of the cruiser, destroying it and forcing his truck to jackknife across the highway.
The trooper, who was able to radio for help, was taken to a Boston hospital with serious injuries, State Police say.
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prayers for the officer
I have always questioned the super bright flashing lights - while I know they are necessary, the "moth effect" theory seem to question the use of them. The lights are hypnotic and draw a driver's attention, especially on a otherwise pitch black road.
My sympathies to the MSP trooper, I can only imagine the ferocity and force of a truck striking a stationary car.
Not to mention a professional
Not to mention a professional driver at that.
The issue isn't so much that they're hypnotic, but they're blinding when my eyes have adjusted to the amount of light available by reflection from headlights. It's akin to why you don't use your high beams when oncoming traffic is approaching or you're overtaking another driver.
The super bright flashing lights make it more difficult for me to see cones/barriers around a construction zone.
And the newer LED lights are particularly bad
I didn't used to have nearly as much trouble before the switch to LED lights, which cause me problems even before it's really dark. They need to have lights that are just bright enough to be noticeable without causing vision problems.
They're *apallingly* bright, and the blue light may be damaging.
Intense blue light causes retinal damage. Not sure how long an exposure would cause measurable damage, but I bet police officers themselves are over the threshold.
They really need to include an ambient light sensor and a dimmer.