GHSA’s 2020 Preliminary Data: Pedestrian Fatalities on Pace with Previous Years Despite Less Vehicles on the Road
The Governors’ Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a special Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State -…
It’s that time again – we are springing forward for Daylight Saving Time. On Sunday, March 11, remember to set your clocks an hour ahead and plan for that hour lost. More importantly, be alert for more vulnerable road users out and about in those dawn hours.
With the time change comes danger for those biking and walking in the early hours of the morning, especially for students going to school. One study even found an 8% increase in traffic crashes after the change. Keep in mind that the sun won’t rise in Orange County until 7:38 a.m., more than 15 minutes after high school classes start (7:15 a.m.).
What does this mean for you? If you’re biking or walking in the AM, wear brighter colors and use your bike lights. Understand that drivers are drowsier than normal for at least a week after the change, so be extra cautious and alert.
Drivers, as always, focus on the road and be mindful of those walking and biking in the dark. Let’s work to make sure everyone gets to their destination safely!
Here are some great safety tips from Orange County Mayor Jacobs’ Walk-Ride-Thrive initiative:
Did you know? You can make pedestrian improvement suggestions by calling 311 or through the 311 smartphone app that allows you to photograph, pinpoint and report problems — from potholes to cracks in sidewalks to a lack of pedestrian walking lanes — directly from your smartphone to Orange County’s 311 Service Center.