Get ready to spring forward for daylight saving time

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If only we could save ourselves from the seasonal allergies.

"This was news to farmers", said Downing, who believes the true reason for the 1918 change was that the retail, leisure and sports industry saw benefits to daylight saving time.

This change in Daylight Saving Time kept Canada's Daylight Saving Time pattern consistent with the United States which enacted into law a broad energy bill that extended Daylight Saving Time in the same manner.

"Young people think they can stay up longer and get less sleep and be fine to drive - and that's just not the case", Hertzell said.

For example, after World War II, St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota, started daylight saving time two weeks before the city of Minneapolis did - and the two are only roughly 12 miles apart.

Asm. Kansen Chu, D-San Jose, wants California voters to be able to decide if the state should observe it.

Germany was the first country to implement Daylight Saving Time.

Until 2007, the return to Standard Time occurred on the last Sunday of October, but in 2005, Congress changed the date to the first Sunday of November. Daylight Saving Time now accounts for about 65% of the year. There are, however, ongoing debates about how much energy is saved. But states could exempt themselves if they chose.

No time change is observed in Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas. In 1966, Congress passed the time act unifying the practice across the USA but allowing states to opt out by local ordinance.

For a half century, Arizona - but not including the Navajo reservation - has refused to perform the standard-to-daylight-saving-and-back-again dance. With the lost hour of sleep, the times of the day that usually correspond to certain amounts of light are altered, and children may struggle to adjust. But though it may be fact, Daylight Saving Time is hardly the rule.

Others see Daylight Saving Time as a moment to check on some household duties that have fallen by the wayside.

Establishments that are permitted to sell alcohol until 2:30 a.m. are impacted by the time change every year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises people have their vehicles checked for safety recalls around Daylight Saving Time. For someone who works 9 a.m.to 5 p.m., without Daylight Saving Time there would be little sunlight left during the busy summer months.

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