Since turning the clocks back earlier this month, drivers and pedestrians
are traveling in the dark more frequently. Unfortunately, this also means
an increased risk of traffic accidents. Studies show that our depth perception,
color recognition, and peripheral vision all decrease after dark.
The risk is particularly high for pedestrians. In fact, 70 percent of all
pedestrian fatalities occur during the nighttime. The statistics reflect
that pedestrians are more difficult to spot at night as well as the increased
risk of alcohol impairment by both drivers and pedestrians.
With this in mind, we would like to share the following tips from the
- Carry a flashlight or attach reflective materials to clothing, backpacks,
purses, and briefcases, which makes it easier for drivers to see you.
- Don’t depend on the traffic signal to protect you. Motorists may
be distracted, especially when adjusting to the nighttime travel environment.
- Always use a crosswalk, if there is one available. Avoid jaywalking and
crossing between parked vehicles.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If you must walk on the street, face traffic.
- When crossing the street, look left-right-left for cars from the curb.
- Keep your focus on the road by avoiding distractions and alcohol impairment.