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Darkness Dangers

The end of daylight savings time signals the start of the holiday season, cooler weather... and shorter days with the sun setting earlier.

That can mean more accidents for pedestrians and drivers alike.

Researchers say once daylight savings time ends, pedestrians are almost three times more likely to be hit by cars.

And that's because for the first month or so, both drivers and pedestrians aren't used to darkness so early in the day.

Experts say across the U.S., 37 more pedestrians are killed around 6 p.m. in November compared to October.

Experts attribute the jump in numbers to walkers not realizing how quickly darkness will set in.

But law enforcement officials here say those accidents haven't been a huge problem for them so far.

For those who want a safer option, there are alternatives to walking outside, like walking inside the mall.

If you do enjoy the fresh air, experts say always wear reflective clothing and keep an eye on traffic to ensure you stay safe.

Interestingly, when we "spring forward" to Daylight Savings time in April, researchers say there is a 78 percent drop in the risk of being hit by a car at 6 p.m.

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