Time Changes, the Silent Pedestrian Killer


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According to a study by two Carnegie Mellon scientists, the rate of pedestrians being struck by cars increases a whopping 186% in the two weeks following a time change.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Professors Paul Fischbeck and David Gerard have made a study of traffic fatalities that shows pedestrians walking during the evening rush hour are nearly three times more likely to be struck and killed by cars in the weeks after the fall time change.

"It's astonishing," Dr. Gerard said of the data. "It's particularly worse right at the switch date, [when the average increases] two people a day for the next couple weeks, until the adjustment is made." ::Spacing