Let’s put our children’s safety first… and put the clocks forward
ROAD SAFETY organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging the UK government to put children’s safety first and agree to adopt Single/Double British Summertime (SDST). Experts believe the move, involving an adjustment of the clocks to GMT + 1 in the winter and GMT + 2 in the summer, would prevent 80 deaths and more than 200 serious injuries on the UK’s road each year.
GEM chief executive David Williams MBE comments: “Dark spells danger for pedestrians. In 2013, official figures show that twice as many pedestrians died in December as in June1, while there is a 10 per cent rise in fatal pedestrian collisions during the four weeks after the clocks go back2.
“Estimates from the Department for Transport’s own research3 suggest the benefits of a move to SDST would amount to nearly £140 million annually, with just a modest £5 million one-off investment in communicating the change.
“We believe the reasons for opposing the change – generally from those representing the interests of farmers and postal workers – are irrelevant and outdated. After all, farming technology is vastly improved, and postal deliveries take place throughout the day, not purely in the early mornings.
“GEM, in line with all safety groups, supports a change to SDST, because it will make a significant contribution to reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”
1 Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2013, DfT
2 National Audit Office, 2009
3 DfT Consultation Paper (‘A Safer Way’), 2009