In the four days since we moved the clocks back an hour, resulting in earlier sunsets, at least one pedestrian has been hit by a vehicle on Lakewood streets every night, sometimes multiple.
Studies have shown that the clock change can cause disturbed sleep patterns, and when combined with the earlier dusk and darkness during the evening commute, become a formula for drowsy driving and fatigue-related crashes – conditions many drivers may be unaware of during the time change.
“When clocks “fall back” in autumn, drowsy driving becomes a significant threat to motorists,” the AAA warned last week. “That is because their evening commute will now take place in darkness.”
No one was seriously injured.