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Turn the clocks back an hour tonight

Staff Reports Posted 3 November 2018 at 4:01 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: It’s time to turn your clocks to “fall back” an hour. Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday. The photo above shows the very impressive clock tower at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown. This church was built from 1892 to 1894 from Medina sandstone. The four-sided clock tower is home to the only chime bells in the city of Jamestown.

Americans will “fall back” at  2 a.m. Sunday and set their clocks back one hour to standard time. Firefighters also encourage you to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

An earlier sunset and darkness can lead to an increase in the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured by vehicles. AAA said.

Therefore, drivers, pedestrians, joggers, walkers and bicyclists will need to use safety measures so they are seen on the roads. AAA advises motorists and pedestrians to remember the following tips to stay safe:

AAA Tips for Motorists

Always watch out for pedestrians when backing up in parking lots or driveways. Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible.

Leave more following room. In the morning, when the sun is in your eyes it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing. Use sunglasses and your sun visor.

Be mindful of children and others who are outdoors in the afternoon and evening as it gets dark earlier.

Remember to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.

Pay attention and eliminate all distractions including cell phones and car clocks that are off by an hour.

AAA Tips for Pedestrians

Cross only at intersections or crosswalks. Look left, right and left again and only cross when it is clear. Do not jaywalk or cross between parked cars.

Evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before you step out into the street.

Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. If you have to walk on a road that does not have sidewalks, walk facing traffic.

See and be seen. Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing and/or accessories.

While walking, pocket the cell phone and avoid listening to headphones at a volume that prohibits you from hearing approaching danger.

Daylight saving time begins on March 10, 2019.

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