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Creating a safe traffic environment – also for epilepsy patients – Sundsvall Tidenning

Creating a safe traffic environment – also for epilepsy patients – Sundsvall Tidenning

When autumn gets dark Falls increase the importance of lighting in the traffic environment. Being seen and seen is vital for a cyclist, but when a cyclist puts a tail strobe light on a bike, another problem arises – people with photosensitive epilepsy are at risk of seizures due to the strobe light.

Being seen and seen is vital for a cyclist, but when a cyclist turns on the strobe taillight on a bike, another problem arises — people with photosensitive epilepsy are at risk of having a seizure due to the strobe light, writes the journal Epilepsy. organized.

Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Epilepsy is a neurological disease, and about 81,000 people in Sweden live with epilepsy. There are many different triggers for epileptic seizures – one such trigger is exposure to flashing or flashing light, which affects three to five percent of people with epilepsy, which is called photosensitive or photosensitive epilepsy. Others in our community can also be sensitive to light stimuli.

We believe in the importance of creating a safe and inclusive society, and we are now focusing on a safe and inclusive traffic environment for all road users. Therefore, it is important to increase the knowledge of the general public, blue light employees, road workers, transportation vehicle drivers and other traffic officials about flashing lights problems.

we want to The community investigates and takes appropriate action:

• Regulate and provide guidelines for bright lights in public environments. Communicate the rules that apply to flashing bicycle lights, for example.

• Adapt the lighting design in public spaces – reducing the intensity or frequency of bright lights in our surroundings.

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• Use clear signs and information in areas where flashing warning lights and the like are used, so that people with epilepsy can try to avoid them and take a different route.

Epilepsy Association of Sundsvall and the surrounding area, By Mary Jobum Olson