Pedestrians & bicyclists beware as daylight savings time ends

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), in a Media Release, warns motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians: beware of accidents as daylight savings time ends on Sunday and darkness comes earlier.

According to the WSDOT, nearly 50% — 33 of 67 pedestrian accidents between February 1, 2007 and January 30, 2008 — occurred between the October and January, the days with the shortest amount of daylight.

The two most “at risk” groups for pedestrian accidents are children between the ages of 1-19 and seniors age 71 and older.

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WSDOT Tips for Pedestrians:

  • Wear reflective clothing, cross at intersection & carry a flashlight
  • Make eye contact with drivers and watch for vehicles
  • Walk where it’s safe — sidewalks and facing traffic if you are walking on a roadway edge
  • Cross at intersections — jaywalking is one of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents

WSDOT Tips for Drivers:

  • Drive at the posted speed limit
  • Stop for pedestrians. It’s the law.
  • Do not pass another vehicle who is stopped at a crosswalk.
  • Pay attention near schools and recreation areas

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