Year-Round Daylight Saving and Serious or Fatal Road Traffic Injuries in Children in the North-East of England

This article considers whether the adoption of year-round daylight savings time in the United Kingdom would reduce road traffic injuries. The authors used 15 years of police data from accidents in northeast England. Of 2,460 injuries that occurred in daylight, 610 (24.8%) were serious. Of 434 injuries that occurred in darkness, 133 (30.6%) were serious. Traffic injuries to children pedestrians in daylight are around 6% less likely to be serious or fatal than those in darkness. The authors estimate that 6.9 fewer serious or fatal road traffic injuries to child pedestrians would have occurred in this area over this period had year-round daylight saving time been in place. They conclude that extending daylight savings time to all year would have a small but tangible effect on the number of serious and fatal road traffic injuries in children in this area.

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  • Authors:
    • Adams, Jean
    • White, Martin
    • Heywood, Peter
  • Publication Date: 2005-7


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  • Accession Number: 01042671
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 2007 9:43AM