Mayor’s ‘Dusk and Darkness’ campaign aims to decrease pedestrian deaths in fall, winter months

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The clocks go back an hour this weekend, and Mayor Bill de Blasio is raising awareness about the dangers of traveling on the city's roadways after the sun goes down.

In the past year, between the months of November and March, there were 59 pedestrian fatalities, according to the Department of Transportation.

The mayor’s “Dusk and Darkness” safety campaign aims to drive down the number of pedestrian deaths.

Officials tell News 12 the campaign will work with the police department as well as the Department of Transportation.

To increase evening enforcement on the roads, the NYPD will be paying more attention to speeding and drunk drivers. They say the fall and winter nighttime hours are when DUIs tend to increase.

A statistic from the DOT shows between 2010 and 2014 serious collisions increased by 40% in the darker evenings.

Officials are also encouraging drivers to be extra cautious with cyclists and pedestrians while driving at night and to remember to maintain the citywide speed limit of 25 mph

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