Warning to drivers and pedestrians about fewer daylight hours

On Sunday, standard time returns.{} That means we will turn our clocks back an hour and lose some daylight time.

Alabama State Troopers are warning drivers and pedestrians to be cautious on the roads since there will be fewer daylight hours.{}

The warning comes on the heels of two deadly traffic crashes involving pedestrians.

In St. Clair County, a 74-year-old man waskilled. In Jefferson County, a 51-year-old man was killed and a 24-year-old manwas injured.

"We need you, the motoring public, to help us to preventtraffic injuries and fatalities involving pedestrians, particularly as our daysgrow shorter,"{} says Col. Hugh B. McCall, director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way topedestrians crossing streets in marked or unmarked crosswalks in mostsituations. They need to be especially careful at intersections where thefailure to yield right-of-way often occurs when drivers are turning onto anotherstreet and a pedestrian is in their path.

In addition, individuals who may walk, jog or run alongroadways are urged to follow these safety suggestions from the National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration:

  • When possible,cross a street or roadway at a designated crosswalk.
  • Always stopand look left, right and left again before crossing.
  • Increasevisibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and by wearingreflective clothing that helps to highlight body movements.
  • And remember: Itis much safer to walk on a sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street oralong a rural roadway, walk facing traffic.