On November 1, we turned back our clocks allowing us an extra hour of sleep. The end of Daylight Savings Time is welcomed by many however it’s important to remember that it will be getting darker earlier – putting pedestrians, especially child pedestrians, at risk. Pedestrian accidents increase during this time of year – through February – due to shorter days and increased darkness.
Remind child (and adult) pedestrians about these tips to keep them safe on the road:
- Be light and bright – Wear light colored clothing and reflective safety gear to be seen by drivers.
- Use crosswalks – Cross in a crosswalk or at the corner – places to cross the street where drivers will be expecting to see you.
- Choose a lit path – Whenever possible, walk and cross the street in areas with good lighting
- Make eye contact – Make sure that the driver sees you before you cross the street. Look left, right and left again before crossing.
And finally, remind drivers to use extra caution in watching for pedestrians.