As clocks go back, accident rates are set to increase

posted on Nov 01 2010 by Jo Petty

As clocks go back, accident rates are set to increase

As clocks were turned back one hour yesterday, and with evenings becoming darker, road accident rates are set to make their usual annual increase. More and more drivers will be driving to and from work in darker, damper conditions.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), is advising motorists to take extra care and once again calls for motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians to wear bright-coloured or fluorescent clothing. They also said that road users that wore dark clothing were involved in at least 55 fatal accidents and 237 serious injuries last year.

However you travel on our busy roads, the message is clear; we all need to think more and give more consideration as to how we can all shareour road network safely in the winter months to come!

ROSPA has renewedits annual call for a change in the summer and wintertime clock change system so the UK has an extra hour of evening daylight all year round.

Naturally this would mean darker mornings, however recent researchshows thatroad users aremore tired, distractedand consequently more at risk in the evenings. ROSPA said the additional evening light would savea significant number oflives and prevent hundreds of serious injuries each year.

Previous attempts to change the current system have always been unsuccessful however; ROSPA remain unwaivering in their views and so it has once again been proposed in a private members bill in the House of Commons on December 3.

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