End of daylight savings time results in increase in collisions involving pedestrians in Halton

Published November 5, 2019 at 12:02 am

This weekend marked the end of daylight savings time, meaning the days are going to be getting even shorter than they already were.

This weekend marked the end of daylight savings time, meaning the days are going to be getting even shorter than they already were.

Now, those leaving work at 5 p.m. can expect to do so in the dark, as the sunset is an hour earlier.

Many people welcome the fall time change, as they assume the fact that we gain an hour means there are no negative repercussions. However, that’s not exactly the case—collisions involving pedestrians increase 30 per cent after the end of daylight savings time.

Part of the reason for this is related to the lack of daylight. According to a recent survey from Onlia, 76 per cent of Canadians said they have difficulty spotting cyclists and pedestrians in the dark.

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Further, 80 per cent of Canadians admit to speeding when they drive, which could lead to more serious injuries should a collision with a pedestrian occur.

However, this could be the penultimate time change in Ontario if an MPP from Ottawa’s bill entitled the “Sunshine Protection Act” gets passed.

If the bill, put forward by Marie-France Lalonde—an MPP from Ottawa, gets passed, it would mean the province would permanently adhere to daylight savings time, which would mean more sunlight in the evenings and no more changing the clocks.

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