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Tyler Police remind drivers and pedestrians to be safety conscious with Upcoming Time Change

TYLER, OCTOBER 31, 2017 -- This coming Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2:00 a.m., we will be observing the end of Daylight Savings Time.  We will fall back one hour so that you will have more daylight in the morning, but evening darkness will come sooner. 

The time change will affect your morning and evening commute and we would like to remind you to watch for pedestrians in the roadway.  There are many areas within the City that may have more pedestrian traffic than normal.  These areas would include University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler Junior College, Texas College, all public and private schools, shopping areas, etc.… 

Last year in 2016, Tyler Police Department investigated 53 pedestrian and pedal-cyclist collisions with motor vehicles; 5 who were killed as a result of being struck by a vehicle.  In 2017 we have investigated 43 to date with three deaths. 

We encourage pedestrians to use a sidewalk when available.  If you walk in the street, you are required by law to walk against traffic to allow both you and vehicles to observe each other.  We encourage both pedestrians and drivers not to be distracted by cell phones and for pedestrians to wear clothing that may be easily seen by drivers.  Pedestrians are also required to cross the roadway at a controlled intersection if one is available. 

Pedal-cyclists are required by law to travel in the same manner as motor vehicle traffic and again we recommend high visibility clothing and required, legal lights on bicycles. 

Tyler Police Department will be placing traffic message boards at specific locations throughout the city to remind drivers of high pedestrian traffic, to remind them to slow down and remain vigilant. 

 

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