Hamilton Police Urge Traffic Safety During Daylight Savings Shift


As the community prepares to “fall back” and set our clocks back one hour to mark the end of Daylight Savings Time, the Hamilton Police Service is urging all residents to be vigilant and exercise extra caution on our roadways.

The annual transition back from Daylight Savings Time, which occurs on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at 1:00 a.m., brings several safety challenges as our days are shorter and our schedules shift. 

Hamilton Police want to remind residents of some key traffic safety tips to ensure a smooth and secure transition.

1. Adjust to the Time Change:
- Adjusting to the change can affect your alertness and reaction time while driving. Be sure to get a good night's rest and give yourself extra time to adapt to the time change.

2. Check Your Vehicle:
- Before heading out, make sure your vehicle is in proper working condition. This includes checking your tires, brakes, lights, and signals. It is also essential to ensure your windshield and mirrors are clean. It's also that time of year to make sure your vehicle is equipped with a snow brush once again.

3. Be Mindful of Pedestrians and Bicyclists:
- With less daylight in the evenings, there will be reduced visibility. Drivers should pay extra attention to crosswalks and shared bike lanes.

4. Watch for Children and School Zones:
- Be especially cautious in school zones and residential areas as light is reduced.

5. Avoid Distractions:
- Distracted driving is a significant risk on the road. Put away your cell phone and avoid other distractions while driving.

6. Obey Speed Limits:
- Speed limits are set for a reason. They reflect the safest speeds for specific road conditions. Always follow posted speed limits and adjust your speed to the conditions.

7. Use Proper Lighting:
- Ensure your vehicle's headlights and taillights are working correctly. Be sure to use your headlights when required, such as during dawn and dusk, and in inclement weather.

8. Don't Drive Impaired:
- Always designate a sober driver if you plan to consume alcohol or drugs. Impaired driving is illegal and poses a severe risk to you and others on the road.

Hamilton Police are committed to ensuring the safety of our community. By following these traffic safety tips, we can all contribute to safer road conditions during the transition of Daylight Savings Time.

As we turn our clocks back this weekend, the Hamilton Police Service encourages all residents to practice these safety measures to keep our roads safe during Daylight Savings Time.