Surge in Fatal Car Accidents Due to Daylight Saving Time is Coming
Millions of Americans are going to experience a groggy, jet-lagged feeling next week and it can be downright dangerous.
Daylight Saving Time remains much debated in the United States, and may become more so following the revelation that fatal car accidents rise by 6% in the work week following what is often referred to as “spring forward.”
The University of Colorado Boulder estimates that this rise represents about 28 deaths each year. If these deaths can be directly linked to daylight savings time and spring forward, they could potentially lend further credence to the arguments being made by lawmakers in Michigan, Oregon, Washington, California, and Florida, where daylight savings time may very well be abolished in the future.
It’s important to note the conditions in which the University of Colorado Boulder studied the rates of fatal car accidents. About 732,835 car accidents were studied, all of which were recorded through the U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System from 1996 to 2017.
Arizona and Indiana, states that do not consistently observe Daylight Saving Time, were not included in the study in order to maintain accuracy. Not only did researchers find a consistent rise in fatal car accidents during the week following spring forward; they also discovered that after the Energy Policy Act extended daylight savings time to start in the second Sunday of March, as opposed to the first Sunday in April, it rose further.
Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour tonight and check the batteries in your smoke detectors.