SALT LAKE CITY — Is it time to ditch the switch and end the spring forward / fall back cycle for good? Are you team Morning Light or team Evening Light?
After springing forward Sunday and losing an hour of sleep, Dave & Dujanovic open the blinds on the never-ending question:
Should Utah switch to year-round Daylight Saving Time or year-round Mountain Standard Time or keep on living with the twice-a-year clock switching?
Dave said he favors picking a time (Daylight or Standard) and sticking with it.
“I’m a go-to-bed-at-this-time kind of guy and wake-up-at-this-time. Every single day,” he said.
Dave speculated that the reason some people prefer Standard Time is that they enjoy the sunshine in the morning on the way to work.
Utah steps forward
Last month, Utah lawmakers in the House and Senate nearly unanimously passed bill SB59 which would place Utah on year-round Daylight Saving Time. In other words, we would spring forward once and stay there. It awaits Gov. Gary Herbert’s signature. But it also needs approval from Congress and at least four Western states need to pass similar bills; California and Oregon have already taken action.
Hawaii and most of Arizona do not observe Daylight Saving Time.
Debbie is on Team Evening Light because of the extra hour of sunlight for hiking in the summer.
She added that she doesn’t enjoy “falling back” to Standard Time in November because “I don’t like driving home at 4:30 in the evening and it’s practically dark.”
Because he needs to rise early, Dave said the extra light in the evening makes it “impossible” to sleep.
“I have to wait for the sun to go completely down before I can fall asleep,” he said.
By choosing Daylight Saving Time year-round, Dave pointed out that on Dec. 9, the sun doesn’t rise until 8:40 a.m. That’s long after schools open. Yet, sticking with Standard Time year-round means the sun rises at 5 a.m. on June 9.
A school bus driver called into the show to say she was on Team Morning Light because picking up kids in the dark is dangerous. She added that other drivers can’t see as well, and she can’t make out street addresses in the dark.
Debbie said research indicates Daylight Saving Time is good for the economy because people use the extra daylight time to shop, dine, see movies and sporting events, etc.
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