Extra Daylight 'Would Save Lives'
Garner, Clare, The Independent (London, England)
TURNING THE clocks backtonight will cause as many as 130 deaths on the roads in Britain this winter, including the equivalent of a whole class of children, a new study shows.
Dr Jeremy Broughton, a research fellow at the Government's Transport Research Laboratory, yesterday claimed that these lives could be saved if the country stayed in British Summer Time (BST), and that not changing the clocks would be one of the most effective single measures to reduce road deaths.
The nation's clocks are due to go back by one hour at 2am tonight, which will provide more daylight for early-risers but make the early evenings darker. Dr Broughton recently completed a study based on three million accidents which showed that dark evenings are more dangerous to road users than dark mornings. The disproportionate number of deaths in the evenings is put down to the fact that children and drivers are less alert in the evenings. Dr Broughton believes his point is proved by an experiment conducted at the end of the 1960s. For three years BST did not give way to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). This meant that mornings did not get lighter and evenings did not get darker. The experiment showed "very clearly that in the morning there were extra casualties, but in the evening there were far fewer casualties because it was lighter for that extra hour and overall we had significant improvement in road safety," said Dr Broughton. "We had some losses but many more gains, and overall fewer people were killed than would have been if we had kept the normal system of time-keeping." The …
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