The most dangerous time of year to be an early-evening pedestrian is at the end of daylight-saving time—when clocks have been turned back an hour and darkness come earlier.
A study by professors Paul Fischbeck and David Gerard of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh found that there are about 37 more pedestrians struck and killed by cars around 6 p.m. in November than in October.
Their findings confirmed a 2001 study by John M. Sullivan of the University of Michigan that found that between 1987 and 1997 there were 227 pedestrian deaths in the week following the end of daylight-saving time compared to 65 deaths the week prior.
The reason for the increased deaths is that drivers and walkers have not yet adjusted to the earlier onset of darkness.
We're more prone to accidents in the dark.
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12).
Reference: Seth Borenstein, Associated Press, "Pedestrians at risk as clocks turn back," The Arizona Republic (11-3-07)
Pamela Bagby's oldest daughter worked nights to put herself through medical school. One night she looked up into the barrel of a shotgun and heard a demand for money.
At first, she was motionless with fear. But... [Read More]
Reference: The Believer's Voice of Victory, 11/06
|Faith in God’s Guidance|
Four-year-old Christopher Pylant was diagnosed with a massive, inoperable brain tumor. All the medical professionals gave him a terminal prognosis. But his parents didn’t give up. They took him to Dr. Benjamin Carson,... [Read More]
Reference: Ben Carson with Gregg Lewis, Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk (Zondervan, 2007) – as summarized by Ken Kelly, Christian Book Summaries, Volume 4, Issue 26, September 2008, p. 5.
Women’s World magazine told the story of Rachel Beatty. She sat in her high school class in Waldport, Oregon, watching a safety video—on what to do if her car ever got submerged in water. As if that would ever ... [Read More]
Reference: Carolyn Campbell, “A high school class saved Rachel’s life!” Women’s World (3-4-03)
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Reference: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, abridged (Harper Perennial, 2007), pp. 87-88
|The Panama Canal|
In historian David McCullough’s book on the making of the Panama Canal, The Path Between the Seas, he says that "Apart from wars, it represented the largest, most costly single effort ever before mounted a... [Read More]
Reference: David McCullough, The Path Between the Seas (Simon and Schuster Paperbacks, 1977), pp. 11, 22-23, 43
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Reference: John Paul Jackson, "The Power of Dreams", The Morning Star Journal
|The Earth's Hum|
Do you know that the Earth hums? Around the year 2000, scientific instruments detected a hum reverberating throughout the Earth. The hum is at a pitch too low for humans to hear: on a musical scale, the note would com... [Read More]
Reference: Ron Waters, Vice President of Church Relations, KPXQ radio, March 2005
The history of navigation is interesting. The word "navigation" is derived from two Latin words, navis for "ship" and agere for "to drive"—or ship driving. Because that’s wh... [Read More]
Reference: The Encyclopedia Britannica, Volume 24, 2002, "Navigation," pp. 756-757; The Encyclopedia Britannica, Volume 3, 2002, "Compass," pp. 502-503
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In the 1990s The Associated Press carried the story of a group of people who traveled from Texas to Louisiana—naked! There were twenty of them, all related, traveling from the small town of Floydada, in the Tex... [Read More]
|Uganda Doomsday Cult|
You may remember hearing about the "Uganda Doomsday Cult." Their official name was a mouthful: the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God. In the spring of 2000, they made headlines—beca... [Read More]
Parade magazine hosted a photo contest a few years ago, asking people to send in photographs of interesting road signs in America. Among the top ten were the following signs:
A sign in the Mojave Desert that ... [Read More]
|Given for Our Good|
According to the National Coalition for Safer Roads, almost 8,000 Americans (7,799) lost their lives between 2004 and 2013 due to accidents that resulted from motorists running red lights. Many thousands more were ser... [Read More]
Reference: Niall McCarthy, “The Most Dangerous US Cities For Red-Light Running,” forbes.com (8/10/15)