STUDY: Increased Traffic Fatalities As Toronto Shifts To Daylight Saving Time
If you’re feeling a little extra tired today, you’re not alone. It’s the day after the time change and that could have serious consequences for drivers.
According to a sleep study from the University of Colorado, there is a 17% increase in traffic fatalities for the first six days after the clocks spring forward due to fatigue.
“Drivers are very slow to adjust to change,” says Toronto Police Constable Clint Stibbe.
“This is a rather abrupt change,” he adds. “There’s been suggestions you should be going to sleep 15 minutes earlier leading up to the time change.”
Stibbe adds driver fatigue could play a part in the increased collisions, but he urges, everyone is responsible for safe roadways.
“In the end, it’s driver or pedestrian, or cyclist error that causes a collision. So, we can’t just say it’s one group. All road users need to make the adjustment in order to make their commute a safe one on a daily basis.”
However, research also shows that with the increased amount of daylight, pedestrians are safer on the streets.
We’re all trying to adapt to the clocks jumping forward an hour, and some of us are just trying to get ahead of the game! Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out so well: