More People Are Killed By Cars After Daylight Saving Time Change, Data Says

Of course, this phenomenon isn’t only in NYC. Studies suggest it runs nationwide. 

“You do see a big jump in pedestrian fatalities and injuries in the evenings in the fall when the change back to standard time makes the evenings suddenly darker,” Michael Flannagan, an associate research professor at the University of Michigan, told The New York Times.

The “spring forward” time change can be dangerous, too. Experts theorize that sleep deprivation makes drivers more likely to hit pedestrians in the first few days after clocks jump forward.

And in fall, that “extra hour” may be equally to blame. One study concludes that drivers who stay out late the night before the time change ― especially those who spend it drinking ― contribute to higher pedestrian fatalities. 

Whatever the case, please be careful when crossing the street, and enjoy a long, happy autumn. 

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