Sunday (Nov. 1) marked the end of daylight saving time in Colorado.

Now that we've set our clocks back an hour, we'll be seeing dusk earlier — and could even fall witness to animals migrating to their wintering habitats during rush hour traffic on our highways.

In an effort to keep both drivers and wildlife safe, Colorado Parks & Wildlife officials and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have offered several precautions for drivers to keep in mind as they hit the roads during the fall daylight saving time change:

  • Slow down. Moderate speeds maintain a driver’s reaction time and allow an appropriate response to animals on or near roads.
  • Stay alert. Always pay close attention to the road.
  • Scan ahead. Watch for movement and shining eyes along roadsides.
  • Obey traffic signs. Many highways have wildlife warning signs intended to alert motorists of known wildlife movement areas.
  • Always wear a seatbelt.

Drivers involved in a wildlife-vehicle collision should report the accident to the Colorado State Patrol by calling *CSP (star key and 277).

For more information about wildlife and Colorado highways, visit www.cpw.state.co.us or www.codot.gov/programs/environmental/wildlife.

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