NY Could Opt-Out Of Daylight Savings Time, Should We?
New York State Senator James Skoufis wants to eliminate Daylight Savings Time in the state of New York. The bill states that the law would only go into effect if Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania pass similar laws. This would mean you wouldn't need to turn clocks ahead or back, a later sunrise and sunset. www.weny.com
I've been saying this for years. There is no good reason for us to keep springing forward and falling back. The original concept of Daylight Savings Time was conceived by Benjamin Franklin as a way to get more work out of the daylight hours and also a way to conserve resources, like lamp oil during the evening hours.
Several studies have been done over the years to see if Daylight Savings Time actually saves energy. Most studies claim that it might, but it's a very small amount. Another study claimed that pedestrian deaths go way up. According to a 2001 study by The University of Michigan, 65 pedestrians were killed by car crashes in the week before DST ended, and 227 pedestrians were killed in the week following the end of DST. According to www.webexhibits.com. So why keep doing it?
Personally, I hate switching back and forth. I really think the best solution is to spring forward half-an-hour and call it good. What do you think?