We’re still a couple months away from moving our clocks forward, but a new biological study suggests that Daylight Savings Time has been “attributed to sleep deprivation and circadian misalignment.” What that means is that the adjustment our eyes and minds make between the illumination of light hours and dark hours can increase the risks of an accident, especially during peak traffic density.
For this DST Effect, as it is being called…
…data of 732,835 MVAs (motor vehicle accidents) demonstrates that, in the US, spring DST transition increases the risk of fatal MVAs by approximately 6% in the week after DST transition. Effects are exacerbated in the morning and by living in western regions of time zones. Although the observed effects are of moderate size, yearly DST transition affects billions of individuals, and thus small changes in MVA risk might have a substantial public health effect.
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