The return to standard time means fewer daylight hours and reduced visibility for all road users in the city. In Toronto, pedestrian collisions increase by more than 30 per cent during the evening commute hours from November to March.

To draw attention to the increased risks facing pedestrians and cyclists, the City launched a city-wide public education campaign that promotes road safety as we enter a season with reduced daylight hours. The campaign intends to remind Torontonians, especially drivers, to be aware of each other as they share the city’s roads.

The campaign will run until the end of November 2020. It will be featured on billboards, bus backs, TTC and PATH screens, in addition to radio, print and social media ads. The campaign will also appear in high-volume parking garages throughout the city.

When visibility is reduced, people and objects on the road are harder to see. The City is asking drivers to follow the following safety tips after the return to standard time:

  • When driving, please slow down and turn slowly. Always stay alert.
  • Make sure vehicle headlights and signal lights are functioning properly.
  • Obey speed limits and approach all crosswalks, intersections and transit stops with caution.
  • Give yourself plenty of time wherever you’re going and plan your route in advance. Use public transit when possible.
Image of a clock and steering wheel that reads: Drive Safely. Stay Alert. More people get hit by cars when the clock turn back.
Image of a clock and bicycle tire that reads: Drive and cycle safely. Turning back the clocks means reduced visibility and fewer daylight hours.