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Daylight Savings Time Increases the Risk for Pedestrian Crashes

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 NHTSA:

  • 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.