Auto Accidents Dst

March 5, 2012 by staff 

Auto Accidents Dst, A study shows an increase in traffic accidents immediately following the spring daylight savings time shift. When clocks are set back an hour in the spring, accidents go up according to a 1998 study of the effect of daylight savings time.

 Sleep deprivation is considered the most likely cause of a 17 percent increase in accidents on the Monday following the time change. The study also found no significant reduction in accidents in the fall when clocks are set back an hour.

“Just because a person has the opportunity to sleep for an addition hour does not mean that people actually will go to sleep on time,” the study suggests. “Many may spend that extra hour socializing or watching television.”

The study used data from NHTSA’s Fatal Accident Reporting System from 1986 to 1995. The same researcher had concluded in 1996 that sleep deprivation led to a 6.6 percent increase in non-vehicle deaths after the spring change, with an insignificant 1.5 percent decrease following the fall clock change.

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