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11/4/2011
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Do you know that we have Benjamin Franklin to thank for “Daylight Saving Time”?

Do you know the correct spelling for the time change is: “Daylight Saving Time” and not “Daylight Savings Time”?

Do you know that the main purpose of “Daylight Saving Time is “to make better use of daylight”?

Do you know that studies have been done that conclude “Daylight Saving Time trims the entire country’s electricity usage by a small but significant amount, about one percent each day, because less electricity is used for lighting and appliances?

Do you know that studies demonstrate a reduction in the number of traffic accidents and car crashes by as much as 1% as a result of “Daylight Saving Time”?

Do you know that injuries to pedestrians significantly increase after clocks are changed in the fall; to fall back an hour? Walkers are (3) times more likely to be struck at or after 6 PM once clocks are set back.

Do you know that in 1965 the twin cities of Minneapolis and St Paul used different criteria for beginning “Daylight Saving Time”? So, a person could be in one part of the city, cross to the other part and found they lost or gained an hour.

Do you know that all Amtrak trains come to a dead stop at 2:00 AM and wait one hour before they resume traveling in order to maintain their schedule?

Do you know that violent crime drops by as much as 10 to 13% during “Daylight Saving Time”?

Do you know that twins born during “Daylight Saving Time” changes may have different birthdays?

Do you know that “Daylight Saving Time” is NOT observed in: Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and Arizona?

Do you know that “Daylight Saving Time” is a perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke detector so they are always in working order?

Do you know that until next spring, I will get up and go to work in the dark and I will drive home in the dark? I will turn my lights on when I rise in the morning and I will turn them on when I return home after work. I am not sure how “Daylight Saving Time” will, well, save me anything!

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