Pedestrian Safety and Daylight Savings Time
October is just around the corner and it’s time for National Pedestrian Safety Month. Creating a safe environment for pedestrians and all vulnerable road users is one of the core pillars of the Safe System Approach. Whether you are walking to school, walking to work, walking your dog, or just walking to your vehicle in the parking lot, pedestrian safety should always be on your mind. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are going, pedestrian safety is important for everyone as we make our way toward our goal of zero fatalities.
With the end of daylight savings time approaching on November 5th, it’s important to realize the changes that occur during this time and what that means for pedestrian safety. Data from the Connecticut Crash Data Repository (CTCDR) shows that pedestrian fatalities disproportionately occur during the days following the end of daylight savings time. For Connecticut, in 2022, 26% of pedestrian fatalities occurred from November 6th to December 31st. There are many factors which account for these numbers, but motorists and pedestrians need to remain vigilant and work together to address this issue.
What can pedestrians and motorists do to make Connecticut roads safer for everyone? All roadway users can follow the advice of the folks at Bike Walk Connecticut to make this time of year, and all times throughout the year, safer.
- Pedestrians need to be aware by watching for cars that are turning or backing up, and never assume that a driver sees you or will slow down at an intersection.
- Pedestrians should wear bright and/or reflectorized clothing during low light conditions. Dark clothing makes it very difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and it puts them at a much greater risk of being struck. Along with reflectorized clothing, Watch For Me CT suggests that pedestrians wear or carry a light to make yourself more visible.
- Motorists can also take steps to mitigate the loss of visibility during this time by always turning on your headlights and by making sure to slow down and obey all posted speed limits.
- NHTSA shows that as the speed of a vehicle that collides with a pedestrian goes up, the chance of a fatality greatly increases.
It doesn’t matter if you are out walking and enjoying the fall foliage or driving to the local fair, everyone must do their part to bring the number of pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries to zero. For more information on pedestrian safety and what you can do to bring us closer to zero, please visit
Watch for Me CT and www.bikewalkct.org