Ending daylight saving time tonight will translate into about 37 more U.S. pedestrian deaths around 6 p.m. in November compared to October according to a newly released study from Carnegie Mellon University. The researchers found it isn’t the darkness itself, but the adjustment to the earlier nighttime that is the killer. Good advice: carry a flashlight to warn oncoming motorists and just be extra careful if you are walking in the 6 p.m. time frame. The reverse happens in the morning when clocks are set back and daylight comes earlier. Pedestrian deaths decline, but because there are fewer walkers the 13 lives saved at 6 a.m. don’t offset the 37 lost at 6 p.m.
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