The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has called for an experiment into daylights savings, with the belief that the experiment with show year-round lighter evenings will save lives and create a safer Britain.
The next clock change is taking place on Sunday 27th March and ahead of this date RoSPA has put out this call to the government to consider a change to Single/Double Summer Time for a set trial period, so the potential effects, which RoSPA believe could be lifesaving, can be properly assessed.
Data from the Department for Transport shows a trend that more pedestrians are killed on the road in winter months after the clocks have been put back and less accidents take place in the period after the clocks are put forward in spring. The latest statistics available date from 2014 and show that there were 590 more pedestrians injured in November then September and 37 more people were killed.
RoSPA is of the belief that this rise in injuries and fatalities is almost entirely down to the onset of darker evenings and this could be fixed in an instant with a move to SDST, which is when the clocks go forward an hour in the winter to GMT+ and two hours in the summer to GMT+2. RoSPA want an experiment to test their theory so more people can be protected on the roads, dependent on the findings.
The chief executive of RoSPA commented: “RoSPA has long advocated a change to SDST, but it is met with a lack of political will and prejudice from some quarters that is based mainly on outdated data.
“The last time anything like an experiment was conducted was in 1968-71, when society, the environment and road use were very different. But even then, when GMT+1 was employed all year round, around 2,500 deaths and serious injuries were prevented for each year of the trial period.
“We firmly believe that if we can collect objective data to show the benefits of SDST to road accidents, we can change the minds of even the staunchest objectors.”
Easter Sunday is when this year’s clocks go forward for sprint to summertime and this change is something people should keep in mind if travelling over the holiday weekend as an hour’s less sleep can have an impact on driving and your ability to concentrate. If nothing is done soon with regard to RoSPA’s requests, then we can be sure they will be campaigning and calling on the government again when the clocks go back in the winter.
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