The West Yorkshire based road safety charity Brake is calling for clocks to be put forward by an hour year-round – to GMT+2 in summer and GMT+1 in winter. The charity says longer, lighter evenings would make vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists easier to spot. It estimates this would stop 80 deaths and hundreds of serious injuries a year.
In 2013 there were more than twice as many pedestrian deaths in December as in June, according to the Department for Transport. Research by the National Audit Office found that serious and fatal pedestrian collisions increase 10% in the four weeks after the clocks go back.