Over 70 per cent of motorists disagree with turning clocks back

Over 70 per cent of motorists disagree with turning clocks back

Much to the dismay of many of us here in the UK, the clocks go back this weekend and that means cold, dark evenings that seem to stretch into eternity.
But for many motorists, the practice of British Standard Time presents much more than a distinct lack of vitamin D, it can also cause extra stress and increase the risk of accidents on roads.

Dash cam manufacturers Smart Witness polled its customers on whether they would put an end to BST should a referendum arise and a whopping 70 per cent of respondents replied in favour of ditching the bi-annual clock fiddling.

Sixty per cent of motorists thought there would be fewer deaths on the UK's roads if the system was brought to an end.

Smart Witness Managing Director Simon Marsh said: "The findings from the survey were very clear: the vast majority of people in England do not want the clocks to go back in October and think road safety is one of the main reasons why the law needs to change."

The opinions of many have been backed up by official statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) that show deaths on the UK's road network increased sharply from 25 in September to 34 in October, 48 in November to 65 in December 2011.

These statistics backed up a report from the Department for Transport in 2009, which claimed that lighter evenings would prevent around 80 deaths on the road every year, with the move being cheap and easy to implement.

And on that note, don't forget to put your clocks back an hour.

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