Daylight Savings Time Has Seen Better Days
Clocks have made a semi-annual pilgrimage for a few decades according to the Spring Forward, Fall Back criteria.
Daylight savings is a practice which occurs twice a year on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2:00AM, clocks will set back one hour giving all Canadians & Americans and people in 68 other countries one extra hour of sleep.
The standardization became so concrete that fire safety promotional slogans remind people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors at the same time they change the time on their clocks.
Since the introduction of Daylight Savings Time, some states and provinces have straddled the fence. Utah is the latest state to consider a withdrawal from the national movement. A majority of residents polled recently indicated that they have no real benefit from the time change and would like to see it removed altogether. Others have no preference, but do not see much of a change in what should be an extra hour of daylight. Indeed, the popular consensus is that only the East Coast really benefits from the concept and that the change, no matter how infrequent, is inconvenient.
Among the contention with setting clocks back one hour is a legitimate safety concern. Early morning commuters, which includes school buses, are forced to travel roadways and walk along paths well before the sun rises to provide much needed light. With the 2014 Daylight Savings Time scheduled to go into effect this weekend, lawmakers in Utah only have until November 1st to make a final decision. As the controversy continues and both sides of the issue are allowed time to express their opinions, precious time is ticking away.
The decision to reject Daylight Savings Time may create a technological hiccup for many computer systems. Even cell phones and other mobile electronic devices are subject to automatic updates based on pre-programmed satellite information. States and territories that choose not to participate in Daylight Savings Time also risk being alienated until the nation makes the appropriate adjustments to conform automated systems, call centers, and other interstate business hours as appropriate.
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