Columbus, Ohio - Ohioans will gain an extra hour of sleep when the clocks roll back this Sunday at 2 a.m. The time change also means the sky will be getting dark earlier, making it more important than ever for motorists to watch out for pedestrians during their evening commutes.
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, 145 pedestrians were killed on Ohio roadways in 2017, the highest number in more than a decade. Of those deaths, 78 percent occurred at dawn, dusk or after dark, and the deadliest months were November and December.
Cait Harley is the Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Manager for the Ohio Department of Transportation. She says roadway safety is a shared responsibility.
"With the time-change impacting visibility for all road users, we are asking drivers to slow down and watch for pedestrians," she says
The Ohio Department of Transportation's bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign, Your Move Ohio, offers the following safety tips for motorists:
Time change safety tips for pedestrians fall into four main categories:
About Your Move Ohio
Your Move Ohio (YourMove.ohio.gov) is a response to a multi-year surge in fatal and serious bicycle and pedestrian crashes and epidemic levels of chronic diseases — obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes — in the state. The goal is to encourage more Ohioans to choose active transportation and to make it safer for them to walk, bike and bus.
Details about the campaign and free tip cards, bike lights, reflectors, and more are available at YourMove.ohio.gov and on Facebook.com/YourMoveOhio. Share your active transportation story with the hashtag: #YourMoveOhio.