Less daylight means more danger for drivers & pedestrians
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- With daylight saving time approaching this weekend, it's going to be darker outside longer each day. Authorities say that makes driving or walking around town more dangerous.
Department of Transportation data shows of the 64 pedestrian fatalities last year; half of them were during the winter months, between January and March.
If you're driving, make sure to stop at intersections for pedestrians. It's Washington state law to stop for pedestrians both in marked and unmarked intersections. Pay extra attention when driving near schools, parks, or senior centers. Data shows younger and older people are more at risk of getting hit. Another tip: drive the speed limit, and even go slower if there's snow or ice on the road.
If you're a pedestrian or bicyclist, try to be seen. Make sure to wear bright or reflective clothing or use lights, especially at night. Make eye contact with drivers, and make sure to walk or bike where it's safest. Remember, always walk against traffic (and on a sidewalk when you can) and bike with traffic.