With clocks “falling back” -- drivers reminded
to look out for pedestrians
and December are the deadliest months
COLUMBUS - Ohioans
will gain an extra hour of sleep this weekend thanks to the time change. It
also means it is getting darker even earlier, reducing visibility and making it
more important than ever for motorists to watch out for pedestrians during
evening commutes, especially in residential areas and near schools.
From 2009-2018, 1,134 pedestrians were
killed on Ohio roadways, with over 70% of those deaths happening at dawn, dusk
or after dark. October, November and December are the deadliest months for
people walking in the Buckeye State and account for 34% of annual pedestrian
deaths since 2009.
“With the time-change impacting
visibility for all road users, we are asking drivers to slow down and pay extra
attention for people walking and biking,” said Cait Harley, ODOT’s Safe Routes
to School and Active Transportation Manager.
During the early morning and evening hours, more time is needed to see
pedestrians. Increase the recommended safe distances. The more space, the
more time there is to react. Slow down during rain and fog too.
for pedestrians crossing the street. Do not pass vehicles stopped at
extra cautious: Decreased
visibility calls for more vigilant driving. Watch for bicyclists and
pedestrians in neighborhoods and along school bus routes, at intersections
and when backing out of driveways.
on headlights to be more visible during early morning and evening hours.
Put away the phone and change the time on vehicle clocks before starting
Clean windshields inside and out. Dirty windshields can magnify glare. Do
not use high beams when other cars or pedestrians are around.
and been seen: Reflective clothing and lights can increase visibility.
Use bike lights outside of daylight hours and in the rain.
consciously: Cross at intersections or in marked crosswalks.
in the opposite direction of traffic.
in the direction of traffic. Follow traffic signs and lights.
distractions and make eye contact with drivers when crossing streets.
Your Move Ohio
ODOT created Your Move Ohio (YourMove.ohio.gov)
in response to a multi-year surge in fatal bicycle and pedestrian crashes and
epidemic levels of chronic diseases – obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes
– in the state. Its main goals are to encourage more Ohioans to choose active
transportation and improve safety for everyone on Ohio’s roadways.