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Moving Clocks Back Drives Up Accident Rate

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Research conducted in Britain shows that moving the clocks back endangers kids returning from school. With darkness coming on an hour earlier, kids walking home are less visible, and the peak time for pedestrian casualties is just after 4 pm on weekdays as young people make their way home.

Research conducted in the U.S. shows that the risk of pedestrian injury is three times higher in the first weeks after the clocks go back in the fall, so this is not an accident risk unique to crowded Britain.

In case it might be suggested that darker mornings would mean more pedestrian accidents in the morning, other research found that despite a rise in morning accidents, the reduction of casualties in the evenings exceeded the increase of casualties in the mornings--there was a net benefit. In fact, three times as many children are injured on their way home as are injured on their way to school.  Driver fatigue and children playing in the evening are the apparent reasons for the much greater evening risk.

Governmental authorities in NL including the police and the Department of Transportation should take a hard look at their own accident statistics, and seriously question the risks and benefits of imposing wintertime Standard Time. The lives of our most vulnerable citizens are at stake.

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