It’s a great opportunity to be reminded to watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists in the dark with the return to standard time on November 5th. Since it will get dark one hour earlier, non-motorized users will be much less noticeable after the time change is in effect.
Research has found that the first hour of darkness is the most dangerous time period and that the first few weeks following a return to standard time is when pedestrians are more at risk of serious injury from a motor vehicle.
Be especially cautious driving through school zones.
Pay close attention when driving and eliminate distractions.
Pedestrians and bicyclist should wear brighter, reflective clothing to be seen more easily.
In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians died in traffic crashed according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Data from 2015, showed that the majority of fatalities occur during dark conditions after 6pm and before 6am.
Improve safety and driver behavior as we work to move Toward Zero Deaths.