LOS ANGELES — Since Daylight Savings Time began last Sunday, parents have been encouraged by the Automobile Club of Southern California to make sure children who are playing outside later in the day are wearing helmets while biking and skateboarding. They also should caution children of all ages to watch out for motorists.
Drivers are advised to use extra caution and be aware of more children and others who are outdoors in the lighter evening hours, especially in the first weeks following the time change.
Many more joggers, children and bicyclists are now outside running, riding and playing because of the longer daylight hours during the evening commute, according to the Auto Club. Motorists should drive slower and be extra alert, particularly in residential neighborhoods and school zones, according to the Auto Club. This is especially important with bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities numbering 790 and bike and pedestrian injuries reaching 24,253 statewide in 2007.
“Drivers may need to turn on their headlights when commuting early in the morning hours and then turn the lights off when they reach their destination,” said Anita Lorz of the Auto Club.