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The End Of Daylight Savings Mean Higher Risk For Pedestrians

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The end of daylight saving time means more potential for an accident.

Walkers and bikers could be more likely to get hit. It's because on Sunday when we fall back an hour, it will get start getting darker earlier.

The Department of Transportation says last year there were 67 pedestrian deaths in Washington. 33 of those happened between October and January.

They say bikers and walkers are harder to see at night, so wearing bright colors is very important. For drivers it's not just the change in time but also the weather.

"Our winter weather impacts the motorist's stability to respond to a pedestrian when they see them, it takes a little bit longer to come to a complete stop for example in a snowy day," said Charlotte Claybrooke, Safe Routes to School Coordinator for WSDOT.

With that in mind DOT says it's important drivers are always driving the speed limit. They also suggest bikers and pedestrians carry a flashlight.

 

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