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Time change increases focus on preventing pedestrian deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in the Washington region say they are stepping up their efforts to prevent pedestrian deaths.

That’s because the end of daylight savings time brings darker evening commutes and greater risks to pedestrians and bicyclists.

According to a news release from Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, regional law enforcement will increase attention on drivers but also pedestrians and bicyclists who break traffic laws. The focus will continue through Nov. 27.

Federal data show that pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities were at their highest nationwide levels in twenty years in 2015. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also reported that 72 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred at nighttime.

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