The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) wants to move the clock an hour forward for a whole year in a bid to reduce the number of road accidents.
Single/Double Summer Time (SDST), which would see GMT plus an hour in the summer and GMT plus 2 hours in the winter, could have potentially life-saving effects, according to the RoSPA.
Ahead of the clock change on Sunday, RoSPA is asking for the Government to consider implementing SDST for a set trial period so its effects can be properly and accurately assessed.
More pedestrians are killed and injured in the winter months after the clocks go back, according to the Department for Transport. On the other hand, fewer are injured after the clocks are put forward in the spring.
RoSPA believes this difference can be simply solved with a move to SDST and wants to see an experiment implemented for the collection of up-to-date, objective data on the benefits.
Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA chief executive, says the changes have, so far, been met with a lack of political will and prejudice that is based mainly on outdated data.
The idea is not without precedent. A similar experiment was conducted in 1968-71. But the data is not useful, claims RoSPA, as society, the environment and road use was very different during that period.
But even then, when GMT+1 was introduced for a full year, around 2,500 deaths and serious injuries were prevented every year.
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety for RoSPA, says there will be a lot of people on the road this weekend, so drivers should take the hour’s less sleep into account when planning their journeys. Tiredness behind the wheel can lead to serious accidents.
Date Published: March 26, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown