Given that Daylight Saving Time (DST) costs lives, causes accidents, and saves little or no money, the practice of DST should be abolished at the Federal level.
DST was started with the good intent of saving energy consumption by reducing coal and other fuel consumption and reducing lighting requirements. These concerns have been overtaken by technology. The ubiquitous use of previously non-existent (or prohibitively expensive) air conditioning means that in southern tier States, DST actually increases electricity use rates.
Unforseen consequences of DST have been increases in heart attacks, industrial accidents, and motor vehicle collisions. The idea of some is that the switch back to Standart Time in Autumn ("Fall back") compensates, but in practice people stay up late instead of taking full advantage of the extra hour, and only an infinitessimal minority go to bed early before the DST "Spring forward" time.
The costs in dollars and time can be calculated, and are frequently debated. However, there can be no price put on human life and suffering. It is time to end the waste! The waste of lives, property, and resources must end.
Whereas the practice of Daylight Saving Time has been demonstrated to cost lives by increasing heart attack rates and traffic fatalities,
Whereas the practice of Daylight Saving Time has been demonstrated to increase rates of industrial accidents,
Whereas the practice of Daylight Saving Time costs over $433 BILLION per year in increased medical expenses and in lost productivity,
and Whereas the purpose of Daylight Saving Time was to reduce energy consumption, but has been demonstrated to save little if any energy, and to actually increase energy consumption in the warmer southern States,
Therefore, we, the undersigned, respectfully request the repeal of the Uniform Time Act of 1966 and all subsequent reaffirming legislation, and furthermore encourage the abandonment of the practice of Daylight Saving Time by all the States of the Union.
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