State official plans to reintroduce bill calling for Connecticut to adopt Atlantic Standard Time
HARTFORD, Connecticut – Spring ahead, retreat. Year after year, the people of Connecticut change their clocks with the seasons. However, a state official wants to change that.
For years, State Representative Kurt Vail, a Republican representing Somers and Stafford, has proposed a bill that would eliminate the time change. Vail plans to reintroduce the bill, calling on Connecticut to adopt Atlantic Standard Time.
The change would be welcomed by many who said the very early dark days were a dreaded part of winter.
âI just don’t think it’s a necessity anymore. I think it’s kind of like a silly thing now,â said Ashley Lopez of Enfield.
âI just think it makes the night come faster, it tires me sooner. Things get colder, darker, I’d just prefer it to stay brighter later,â said Katie Fitzgerald of Longmeadow, Mass.
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Experts say the return to daylight saving time can also cause problems on the roads. According to AAA, there were nearly 70% more collisions between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the two weeks following the clock change than the previous two weeks. A darker night journey, putting both drivers and pedestrians at risk.
“This is a very dangerous time of year, especially for pedestrians who are more likely to have a pedestrian accident after dark,” AAA spokeswoman Amy Parmenter said.
Another danger according to AAA is disrupted sleep patterns due to the time change.
While the idea of ââgetting rid of the time change sounds good to many, it is not straightforward. States can deny daylight saving time, but this should be approved at the federal level. The bill that is expected to be reintroduced in Connecticut would come into effect if Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island were also on board.
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Although changing the time is seen as a nuisance by many, now is a good time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The Connecticut Fire Academy also encourages families to review their home escape plans.
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