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NYC Officials Bring Back Road Safety Campaign As Daylight Saving Time Ends

WCBS Radio New York logo WCBS Radio New York 10/29/2019 Rich Lamb
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- As Daylight Saving Time ends, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the return of a safety campaign to protect pedestrians and cyclists.

The "Dusk and Darkness" campaign underscores the dangers of shorter days and earlier sunsets.

"We want to remind drivers that historically after Daylight Saving Time, which begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday, crashes involving pedestrians dramatically increase, especially during the evening hours," said Manhattan DOT Commissioner Edward Pincar.

Keith Kerman, New York City's chief fleet officer, says if you must drive at night pay attention to the road and put down the phone.

"Focus on what you're doing, go slowly, get home safely and make sure that everyone else does as well," Kerman said.

Deputy Inspector Dennis Fulton said the NYPD will step up its enforcement of failure to yield to pedestrians and speeding.

Due to the increase in crashes involving bicycles, officers will be keeping an eye out for bike riders blowing red lights and making sure they have safety gear on their bikes.

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