Daylight Saving Time: Why Do We Do It?

As we set our clocks forward an hour this Sunday, there are at least a few things we can be sure of:

• There will be lots of groaning about losing an hour of sleep,

• People will be cheery about the growing length of the day (and sunshine), and

• Lots of people will debate why we even have Daylight Saving Time.

The government tells us that DST does three fundamentally good things — saves energy, saves lives by preventing traffic injuries, and reduces crime. But where’s the proof? Where are the studies?

“There’s really not anything recent that’s been done,” said Bill Mosley, public affairs spokesman for the Department of Transportation, which oversees the nation’s time zones and observance of DST.

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