(STUDY FINDS) -- BOULDER, Colo. — Each March, as we all “spring forward” for daylight saving time, it’s common to feel a bit more groggy than usual. While springtime daylight saving means some much needed extra daylight, it also means many A.M. work commuters lose an hour of precious sleep. Troublingly, a new study finds that the first workweek following daylight saving time is a dangerous time to be on the road.
During this period, fatal car accidents in the U.S. increase by 6%, adding up to roughly 28 additional deaths per year, according to researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Moreover, the study also noted that the farther west an individual lives in his or her time zone, the more likely they are to be involved in a deadly crash that week. The research was performed
“Our study provides additional, rigorous evidence that the switch to daylight saving time in spring leads to negative health and safety impacts,” says senior author Celine Vetter, assistant professor of integrative physiology, in a release. “These effects on fatal traffic accidents are real, and these deaths can be prevented.”
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