The Nation: Daylight Disaster Time?

When Congress imposed year-round Daylight Saving Time on the nation, the idea was to cut down on energy consumption. Whether that has actually happened is still being widely debated, but the shift to an earlier rising period has already had one disturbing result — the danger that school-bound youngsters face from predawn auto drivers. In Florida, eight children died in early morning traffic accidents after the time change took place early in January; there were two such deaths during the same period in 1973. "Daylight Saving Time in the winter," said one TV commentator, "has proven to be Daylight Disaster Time."


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