Why Do We Still Observe Daylight Saving Time?

March 13, 2017

As you wake up this morning groggy this morning and more likely to be grumpy, you can give thanks to the Daylight Saving Time change. Recent reports have shown a higher number of car accidents, strokes, and heart attacks when we "spring forward." One study actually suggested that judges impose harsher sentences at the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. So why do we do it?  Originally the time change was developed for more effective use of time with sunlight at the turn of the 20th century.  During the energy crisis of the 1970s it was thought having more daylight would cut down energy use.  However when Indiana decided to begin Daylight Saving Time to be in line with its surrounding states in 2006, energy usage actually increased!  There was a theory that Daylight Saving Time increased spending, because more sunlight hours meant you could shop more often.  However, with online shopping 24/7, this fails to hold up truth as well. So we seem to use more energy, have more health problems, harsher criminal sentences and more car accidents, so why do we still observe the time changes? Last year, 19 bills were pending in state legislatures around the US to end the biannual time change, including The Sunshine Protection Act (HB 893), in Florida; all of which died. However there are also 20 state bills introduced on the issue this year, eleven to stay on standard time, nine for permanent Daylight Saving Time and many urging the U.S. Congress to end it.  But it looks unlikely this irritating issue will be resolved. In a search of bills pending in the Congress for last year and this year, none mention daylight saving.

SOURCE: Boston Globe

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