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Lighter nights could help cut road deaths

Lighter nights all year round could help to arrest the rising number of road deaths, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). 

As the clocks go back, marking the end of British Summer Time, RoSPA has highlighted how an extra hour of evening daylight across the UK could help to significantly cut road deaths, which rose last year by 3% to 1,901 - the first such increase since 2003. 

Department for Transport research shows that about 80 deaths and at least 200 serious injuries would be prevented on our roads each year if the UK switched to Single/Double Summer Time (SDST: GMT+1 in winter / GMT+2 in summer).  

RoSPA is urging politicians of all persuasions to get back behind the campaign. As well as saving lives on UK roads, lighter evenings would also cut carbon emissions, boost tourism, create jobs and encourage more sport and exercise in the evening. 

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