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Traffic safety officials dealing with more wrecks after daylight savings time

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Now that we are out of daylight saving time, evening rush hour traffic is getting a little bit worse and dangerous.

It seems as though daylight savings time has been around forever, but troopers said there are more wrecks because people aren't making the adjustments to driving in the evening in the early weeks of the time switch.

Troopers specifically focused on rush hour, since drivers are now going to and from work in the dark. It means drivers have to be even more mindful of other people on the road, be extra aware to use their signals and drive just a big slower. Those with traffic safety know everyone wants to get home after a long day, but they said a little patience and practicing safe following distance goes a long way, without really slowing commuters down.

"Between three and five seconds, and probably four to five seconds minimum, in this kind of traffic (rush hour). I realize they're going to say, ‘well somebody is going to cut me off.' Well you're the only one that controls how much distance you have between the other car and, if you would let every person in, you'd only be 30 to 40 seconds later in getting home. I think that's a pretty good trade-off," Trooper Howard Dickinson with the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

Some people will still argue that any little second counts that helps them get out of traffic and home sooner. Until that attitude changes, troopers said they're likely to continue dealing with rush hour crashes that they said are completely avoidable.

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