Five children were killed and six others hospitalized after multiple crashes last week at school bus stops across the country. Now, with the clocks turned back by an hour marking the end of Daylight Saving, AAA is reminding drivers that there will be even greater risk to school children – and everyone on the roads – come Monday morning.
“Even though drivers will, in theory, be gaining an hour of sleep, the body clock is not as quick to adjust as the wall clock, so the disruption, in reality, means more drowsy drivers,” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “Worse yet, the time change means sun glare could pose a greater threat during the morning commute as well”.
The five bus stop fatalities all occurred in the early morning hours over a span of three days. Investigators say distracted driving has become a ‘huge problem’.
“The greatest risk to school children is not when they are on the bus, but when they are approaching or leaving one”, Parmenter adds.
Passing a school bus when lights are flashing and the stop sign is out is against the law in Connecticut. Drivers could face a steep fine – or worse, the deadly crashes serving as a disturbing reminder of what is really at risk.
Of course the time change means more drivers will face a darker evening commute as well.
AAA is urging all motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to limit distractions and take every precaution to ensure everyone’s safety.
AAA offers the following Tips for Drivers during the adjustment period:
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