Daylight Savings Time May Become A Thing of the Past in Georgia
ATLANTA, GA- Onlineathens.com writes that voters may have the opportunity to voice their opinion on daylight savings time. The switching of the clocks that much of the country does twice a year is a controversial topic that often frustrates many people around the nation. Not only do people find this practice inconvenient, but there is some indication that it can be dangerous and increase the risk of certain injuries.*
Teachers are among the population of people opposing the switching back and forth because they witness the way that the time changes impact their students. Those in the state may have the opportunity to vote on whether to keep following daylight savings time or to do away with the practice.
Other states, including Hawaii and Arizona, have already switched to standard time. A different approach was taken in Oregon, Washington, California, Utah, and Maine, all of which chose to switch to daylight savings time year-round.
The small amount of sleep deprivation experienced by people in the spring can be harmful. Studies have indicated that there is an impact on health at that time of year, including a rise in heart attacks and strokes. There is also an increase in car crashes as drivers take to the road while drowsier than normal.
Drowsy driving can be extremely dangerous as motorists who are sleepy are less alert and less capable of reacting in emergencies. Drivers who fall asleep at the wheel can cause catastrophic collisions. It is not clear how much of an impact the loss of one hour of sleep may have on a person’s ability to safely operate their vehicle.
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Sources:https://www.onlineathens.com/news/20200225/georgia-voters-may-get-to-decide-between-standard-and-daylight-time and https://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdrowsydriving/index.html