Cover

CT DOT: Daylight Saving Time Requires Drivers to Be ‘Pedestrian Aware’

The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office strongly urges motorists and pedestrians to be more alert to roadway risks as the end of Daylight Saving Time approaches.

The change to Eastern Standard Time, occurring on November 1, at 2:00 AM, means drivers’ evening commutes will suddenly switch from daylight driving, to dark, nighttime driving conditions, with the sun going down as or before most motorists begin their afternoon commutes home. The change is literally – night and day.

The most obvious increase in danger is a result of poorer visibility – motorists will rush home, now in darkness, when only a few days prior, they were still commuting during daylight hours. Pedestrians, who were easily visible before, in all likelihood, will be significantly less visible to motorists as a result of the time shift.Subscribe

“Our top priority is safety and we all have a role to play,” said Joseph Giulietti, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation. “I urge everyone, whether you’re a pedestrian or a motorist, to look out for one another, to remain alert, drive cautiously, avoid distractions, and follow the rules of the road.”

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), twenty-six percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred from 6 to 8:59 p.m. in 2018.

There are steps motorists can take to help reduce or prevent injuries and tragic loss of life on Connecticut’s roadways:

1. Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.

2. Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.

3. Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.

4. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.

5. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you cannot see.

6. Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

7. Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.

8. Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.

9. Be extra cautious when backing up—pedestrians can move into your path.

Additional safety information, including tips for parents, caregivers and children can be found at NHTSA’s Pedestrian Safety Page here.

Contribute on The Connecticut Roundup

Connecticut Roundup wades into an evolving media landscape with the will to commit acts of journalism that focus on Connecticut news, where almost 1.9 million nutmeggers live. Our stories are about the past, present, future and beyond!

Subscribe to The Connecticut Roundup

Subscribe to the Roundup, along with over 250,000 other subscribers!

Latest Stories

Celebrate Father’s Day While Supporting Local Men and Boys

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate fathers, father figures and families. As a way to do that while supporting local men and boys, the Men & Boys’ Fund of Main Street Community Foundation is holding a fun-filled event on Father’s Day weekend. Family, Fun & Fathers will be held on Saturday, June 19 fromContinue Reading

Ribbon Cutting Slated for Repainted Turtles at Brackett Park and Federal Hill Green

A ribbon cutting was held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, for the opening of the repainted playground turtles at Brackett Park and Federal Hill Green.   In January of 2020, the City of Bristol Department of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services (BPRYCS) released the design contest calling for Bristol youth, ages 4 to 16, toContinue Reading

Bristol Accelerates ‘Wow Factor’ Bridge Reconstruct in Time for Memorial Blvd Centennial Celebrations

The project to reconstruct the Memorial Blvd Bridge across the Pequabuck River at the eastern end is scheduled to start within the next few weeks. The lackluster Bridge was originally constructed in 1921. The DOT rated the bridge as fair requiring rehabilitation. The project will consist of retrofitting the existing superstructure to support expanded designContinue Reading

Loading…

Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.

0 comments on “CT DOT: Daylight Saving Time Requires Drivers to Be ‘Pedestrian Aware’