Is it time to end our habit of “springing forward” and “falling back” twice a year? State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome, thinks so.
Griffo continues to push for legislation he has sponsored that would eliminate the need to switch clocks back and forth each year in New York.
The twice-a-year switch has been blamed for everything from seasonal depression to robberies. But let’s be honest, the real reason to put a stop to it is that most of us hate the back and forth — resetting our clocks, losing sleep and dealing with shorter afternoons in the winter.
It may be time for the U.S. to end this practice that since 1966 has been confusing Americans and messing with our internal clocks. It’s at least worth taking a look at the situation.
Year-long Daylight Saving Time means we could perpetually live in “spring forward” mode with later sunsets and more time to exercise or enjoy time outside in the late afternoon.
No need to go back to Standard Time in the fall. No more losing an hour of sleep in the spring.
Griffo’s legislation, “establishes daylight saving time as the year-round standard time of the state and the city of New York. The bill would be contingent upon a compact with neighboring states and the federal government passing legislation allowing states to adopt daylight saving time as the permanent standard measure of time.”
Daylight Saving Time was made permanent following the enactment of the federal Uniform Time Act in 1966.
As a result, most Americans advance their clocks by an hour in the warmer months so that it gets dark later and move their clocks back an hour in the fall. All states except for Hawaii and Arizona, as well as several U.S. territories, follow daylight saving time.
Currently federal law does not allow for full-time daylight saving time, but it could if Congress decides to take action. It’s something worth examining.