Safety tips for Daylight Savings Time this weekend

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – On Saturday, Daylight Savings Time kicks in and North Carolina is already a step ahead in preparing for the time change.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that nearly 100,000 police-reported crashes take place due to driver fatigue. Lieutenant Sean Magill, JPD Field Operations Division Supervisor, says, “Just the one hour time change can disturb sleep patterns and could result in drowsy driving.”

Jacksonville Public Safety officials put together a list of safety tips to better prepare for Daylight Savings Time:

For motorists:

  • In the early morning, watch out for pedestrians when backing up in parking lots or driveways. Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible.
  • Leave more following room. When the sun is in your eyes, it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing.
  • Invest in polarized sunglasses. They can help reduce glare.

For pedestrians:

  • Cross only at intersections or crosswalks. Look left, right and left again and only cross when it is clear. Do not jaywalk or cross between parked cars.
  • Evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before you step out into the street.
  • Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. If you have to walk on a road that does not have sidewalks, walk facing traffic.

Lieutenant Magil added, “With the time change we can expect more children, pedestrians, walkers, joggers and bicyclists will be active outdoors.  We ask that you be courteous and cautious, whether you are a motorist, pedestrian or bicyclist.:

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