Does daylight saving time increase number of crashes?

FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN - If you dislike daylight saving time, you're not alone. And it turns out, science might back you up.

We're all familiar with the dreaded "spring forward" that meant two weeks ago we were an hour short on sleep, and, in many cases driving to work in the dark and driving home straight into a blinding sun glare.

A 2014 study from a researcher at the University of Colorado found the changes in light as well as drivers running on less sleep correlated with higher rates of traffic crashes. That increased risk lasted for the first six days after the spring daylight saving time change. In Fort Collins, where many people get around town on two wheels instead of four, this shift in sleep pattern and change in light can mean a higher risk for pedestrians and cyclists because drivers have a harder time spotting them.

"Just assume people don't see you," Bike Fort Collins Executive Director Chris Johnson said.

Read more at the Coloradoan: http://noconow.co/2nSyeZp

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