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  • Change Your Clocks, Then Be Careful

    Daylight Savings Time ended Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 2:00 AM. One of the unintended consequences of gaining that extra hour of sleep is losing the hour of daylight. For pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers this often leads to a spike in the number of injury causing crashes.

     

    According to professors Paul Fischbeck and David Gerard, both of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, it's not the darkness itself that's the killer, but the adjustment to earlier nighttime. These researchers calculated that pedestrians walking during the evening rush hour are nearly three times more likely to be struck and killed by cars in the weeks immediately after the changing of the clocks. According to Gerard and Fischbeck, ending daylight saving time means roughly 37 more U.S. pedestrian deaths around 6 p.m. in November compared to October.

     

    Here are some steps pedestrians/bicyclists can take to prevent death and injury:

    Wear bright colored clothing, use reflective materials and carry a small flashlight to make yourself more visible to motorists.

    Be careful of midblock crossings. The motorist may not be looking for you.

    Be aware of left turning vehicles at intersections. Pedestrians should always walk facing traffic and bicyclists must ride with traffic. The bike should be equipped with both white and red reflectors or blinking lights so that bike and rider are more visible to drivers.

    Drivers can also take some steps to avoid pedestrian/bicycle crashes:

    Prepare your vehicle. Keep headlights, taillights, signals and auxiliary lights clean and in good working condition.

    Clean the windshield and replace wipers regularly. This will help enhance visibility, particularly when it is dark outside.

    Reduce speeds particularly in areas with a high volume of foot traffic and don’t forget to yield to pedestrians.

    See article here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/change-your-clocks-then-be-careful/