Spring Forward!

MP900386742It’s that time of year again here in the U.S. where most states honor the annual tradition of “springing forward”. Unless you live in Arizona or Hawaii, or U.S. territories of Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands, you’ll be switching back to standard time at 2 a.m. this Sunday.

Seems early, doesn’t it? In 2007, a new law went into effect making daylight savings time start three weeks earlier and end a week later. Why the change? According to a source at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Bill Mosley, the change was “to adjust daylight hours to when most people are awake and about”.

However, not everyone benefits from the change. Farmers and others who rise before dawn are still kept in the dark. But Mosley insists that the time change has its perks. More daylight during hours when most folks are up and around “increases energy savings while decreasing the number of traffic accidents, traffic fatalities, and incidences of crime”, according to Mosley. The U.S. Congress made changes in 1986 noting that “more daylight outdoor playtime for the children and youth of our Nation, greater utilization of parks and recreation areas, expanded economic opportunity through extension of daylight hours to peak shopping hours…”, among other reasons.

What do you think? Where you live, do you have to reset your clocks?

Source: Vernon, J. (March 31, 2006) The History of Daylight Saving Time. National Geographic News. Retrieved March 8, 2013, from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/03/0330_040330_daylightsavings.html.

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