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Daylight Saving Time Side Effects – Look Out Today!

DID YOU KNOW… The Monday after we spring ahead for Daylight Saving Time is the worst Monday of the year for accidents! Observing Daylight Saving Time year-round would prevent 195 motor vehicle deaths and 171 pedestrian fatalities. Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands don’t observe daylight saving time.

IT’S ALSO NOT GREAT FOR OUR MOODS… A survey by Accountemps reveals that 75% of people will come in tired to work today due to the time change. Also, the average person won’t crack a smile until 11:16 a.m. today. And the average person will only manage 3.5 hours of true work today due to the time change.

BUT IT’S NOT ALL BAD… A study published in the MIT Press Journal by Jennifer Doleac and Nicholas Sanders reveals that ‘springing ahead’ into Daylight Saving Time reduces crime. The scholars say: “Results show that daily cases of robbery, a violent and socially costly street crime, decrease by approximately 7% in the weeks after DST begins, with a 19% drop in the probability of any robbery occurring. A 27% decrease in the robbery rate during the sunset hours drives much of this result.” The scholars came up with their findings after studying reports. Jen and Nicholas claim more daylight means more people are outside which means more potential witnesses to any crimes.

So take it easy on the roads. Try to smile. And don’t rob anyone.

Oh… and enjoy National Nap Day!

Danielle Tufano

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