Whether you call it Daylight Savings Time, Daylight Saving Time, or DST, don’t spring forward and turn the clocks ahead until March 11, 2012. Since Daylight Savings Time is right around the corner, people worldwide—Americans in particular—are already showing signs of confusion as to when the “holiday” of Daylight Savings Time 2012 begins and ends this year. Daylight Savings Time isn’t all fun and games though.
Monday, February 27th, the National Sleep Foundation and PRNewswire reported that March 12 is the first workday following the start of Daylight Saving Time (DST) this year—the day when clocks “spring forward” and many drivers lose an hour’s sleep resulting in a marked, one day increase in roadway collisions. Interestingly, each year, drowsy drivers cause 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in property losses and lost productivity. And these statistics increase acutely on the first workday of DST each year, as they typically experience a single-day surge of 17 percent, according to a study by the University of British Columbia, which compiled its results using 20 years of U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.
When Does Daylight Savings Time 2012 Begin?
Daylight Saving Time (United States) begins Sunday, March 11, 2012, 2:00am, and ends Sunday, November 4, 2012, 2:00am, except in Arizona and Hawaii if you’re planning to travel this spring. Move your clocks ahead 1 hour in spring and back 1 hour in the fall. Remember the saying, spring forward, fall back!
Daylight Savings Time 2012 in the Providence, Rhode Island Area
Rhode Islanders gained an extra hour of sleep when they turned their clocks back one hour on November 6, 2011. We paid the price for that extra hour in bed with shorter days and less daylight hours. But not to worry! Each year on the second Sunday in March, we spring forward by one hour again. We lose an hour of sleep, but we’re rewarded with days that seem longer!
The state of Rhode Island observes DST, and will “spring ahead” at 2:00am Sunday morning, March 11, 2012. Likewise, after a spring, summer and fall of longer daylight hours, RI will once again “fall back” at 2:00am Sunday morning, November 4, 2012.
Rhode Island state and federal government offices will change their clocks as well as schools, post offices, retailers, etc.
Source: U.S. Naval Oceanography; Time and Date.com
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