Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Pedestrians and Daylight Savings

from: Majors, Dan. "Pedestrians 3 times more likely to be killed when clocks change, study says," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 03 November 2007.

Two Carnegie Mellon University scientists are warning people that there's much more to daylight-saving time than just setting your clocks back an hour tonight.

You need to get your mind right.

Professors Paul Fischbeck and David Gerard have made a study of traffic fatalities that shows pedestrians walking during the evening rush hour are nearly three times more likely to be struck and killed by cars in the weeks after the fall time change.

The problem, they suspect, is that pedestrians and drivers have gotten used to more than six months of visibility during those hours and are slow to adapt to the danger of the darkness. . . .

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