Daylight savings starts Sunday

  • Apr. 3, 2004 6:00 p.m.

If you’re late for work Monday, don’t say we didn’t warn you!, Mariah McCooey writes. Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday at 2:00 am, so don’t forget to set those clocks forward one hour.
Unless you happen to live in one of those rebellious places like Saskatchewan, Arizona, Indiana, Hawaii, or Japan, which want nothing to do with the whole mess.
Like most people, you probably wonder occasionally, “What’s the point? Is this just some international confusion conspiracy? A plot to rob me of one hour of sleep a year?” Well, if you are one of these dissidents, you can blame Benjamin Franklin. It was his idea in the first place – based on the theory that energy would be conserved by shifting one of those sunny morning hours to later in the evening, the peak time for energy consumption.
“The chickens don’t adapt to the clock until several weeks have gone by,” says one farmer. Farmers and fanatical religious groups are the most vocal opponents to Daylight Saving Time, but it is estimated that for every April – October segment, that extra hour of daylight saves 50 lives, prevents 2,000 injuries, saves $28,000,000 in traffic accident expenses, and about 10,000 barrels of oil in energy.
About 70 countries worldwide participate in Daylight Saving, and Russia goes overboard with an additional two hours every April. The southern hemisphere participates too, but in reverse. Those backward folks in Australia spring backwards and fall ahead, and countries in the tropical equatorial regions don’t bother because they get 12 hours of daylight year round.