Epilepsy and Flashing Bridge Lights

Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge has been fitted with a vast number of lights. This was done at significant expense and was not without detractors. It occurred to me when I saw the tweet above that the flashing lights, as they were set to do last night, may cause havoc with those who suffer from epilepsy.

I wonder if anyone did any research into this, or if the authorities had anyone calling for medical advice on the potential effect of flashing bridge lights on epileptics. Perhaps will we just find out serendipitously if the flashing can, in fact, induce a seizure, when someone loses control of their vehicle.

I am not epileptic, but flashing lights drive me (pun fully intended) batty.


DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

1 thought on “Epilepsy and Flashing Bridge Lights

  1. Perhaps those who have epilepsy should not be driving. It’s bad enough with the bad drivers out there but those who are susceptible to medical issues not get behind the wheel.

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