Oc­to­ber clock change ush­ers in more ac­ci­dents on the roads

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

THE an­nual Oc­to­ber clock change her­alds an in­crease of around 20 road crashes per day in which some­one is hurt, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

Anal­y­sis of po­lice data from the past six years shows that in the two weeks af­ter the clocks go back one hour there are an av­er­age of 278 more per­sonal in­jury col­li­sions than in the pre­vi­ous two weeks.

Three quar­ters of the ex­tra col­li­sions oc­cur in the after­noons, which are darker af­ter the clock change.

The work by the RAC Foun­da­tion, which uses method­ol­ogy de­vel­oped by Road Safety Anal­y­sis in 2010, sug­gests that wors­en­ing weather at this time of year could also be a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor.

The num­ber of col­li­sions where some­one is hurt and the weather is re­ported to have been “ad­verse” rises by a sim­i­lar pro­por­tion to the over­all in­crease in per­sonal in­jury col­li­sions, though po­lice will not nec­es­sar­ily have recorded poor weather it­self as a con­trib­u­tory fac­tor.

RAC Foun­da­tion di­rec­tor Steve Good­ing said: “Ev­ery year at about this time there are calls to aban­don the spring for­ward, fall-back rhythm of day­light sav­ing time, but our work sug­gests that it’s darker days and win­ter weather to­gether that cause the spike in road safety risk.”

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