CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Daylight Saving time came to an end this weekend, as we transitioned back to standard time.
Experts have correlated an annual rise in pedestrian-related crashes as drivers adjust to different types of light during their commutes. This is one of the main reasons why there’s a push to make daylight savings time permanent.
The major safety concern comes on the roads, where rush hour traffic meets early darkness. The end of Daylight Savings time causes a 16 percent increase in collisions between deer and vehicles in the week after the time change, a new study shows.
The study from the Journal, of Current Biology, also stated that maintaining Daylight Savings time year-round would prevent 33 human deaths, 2,054 human injuries, and 36,550 deer deaths, while also saving $1.19 billion in collision costs each year.
This is in the days following the time change. Daylight Saving Time will return on Sunday, March 12 of 2023. If it becomes the set form of time, experts believe drivers would hit and kill about 37,000 fewer deer.
This past March, the Senate approved a bipartisan bill that would make daylight saving time standard for all states except Arizona and Hawaii. The House did not advance this act, referred to as the Sunshine Protection Act.
Additionally, these types of crashes peak in late October and early November as a result of less sunlight and visibility for drivers. Current Biology indicates that these incidents are to happen 2.3 times more often in the 2 hours after sunset than the 2 hours before sunrise.
However, these months are also mating season for deer, so they’re on the move much more often. So there will be more light on the morning commute, but use caution on the way home Monday night as it will be darker than usual.