End of Daylight Saving Time Triggers More Traffic Accidents
GEORGIA – November 3, 2018 (patch.com) According to an online news report from patch.com, the end of Daylight Saving Time triggers an increase in traffic accidents in Georgia and around the country.*
Daylight Saving Time ended November 4, meaning the clocks in most states fell back one hour to standard time. While it might have felt nice for many people have an extra hour of sleep that night, the end of Daylight Saving Time is actually associated with an increase in drowsy driving and traffic accidents. The change in time throws off people’s internal clocks, making them sleepier, and the change in light affects people’s routines.
In Georgia, the sun will start setting before 6 p.m. now, and the sun will rise before 7 a.m. Until the Winter Solstice ends in December, and the days begin to grow longer again, most Americans in the Central Standard Time zone and Eastern Standard Time zone will drive home from work in the dark. This can mean poor visibility during the busiest times on the roads.
“Shorter days and longer nights … mean many of us will be coping with blindingly bright sunlight by day and earlier darkness as we drive home,” said John B. Townsend II, of AAA. “The risk of drowsy driving also increases with the time change. Drivers who don’t get enough sleep are putting everyone at risk. Missing just two to three hours of sleep can more than quadruple your risk for a crash, which is the equivalent of driving drunk.”
In addition, when people are spending more time on the road in the dark, they have more opportunities for collisions with deer. Deer are particularly active this time of year and tend to be out in large numbers from dusk to 11 p.m. State Farm ranks Georgia No. 19 for crashes with deer, place the odds at one in 131.
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