Daylight Saving Time Information

When does Daylight Saving Time start?


This Sunday is the second Sunday in March, so that means it is time again to adjust your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

For your enjoyment, here is a viewer question that asks, “Why Start at 2:00 a.m.?,” some Daylight Saving Time Fun Facts From the Huffington Post and a brief history about DST from The United States Naval Observatory (USNO).

Daylight Saving Time: 5 Fun Facts

Huffington Post | Verena von Pfetten

A Friendly HuffPost Reminder:

1. Contrary to popular belief, DST was not invented by Benjamin Franklin, although he did satirically and anonymously propose the idea to Parisians 1784. Eventually proposed and lobbied for by an Englishman, William Wilmett, in 1905, it was actually the Germans and their WWI allies that began using it first. The US was the last to follow suit.

2. Apparently, the correct terminology is “Daylight Saving Time”, not Daylight SavingS Time, as we’ve been happily calling it all these years.

3. Hawaii, Arizona, Puerto Rico and some other warm places don’t observe DST because, well, they’re just so darn sunny all the time.

4. DST causes a 5% reduction in crashes fatal to pedestrians, so for the next 6 months, it’s officially 5% safer for you to cross the road without looking both ways. (But you didn’t hear it from us.)

5. And lastly, Daylight Saving Time means that we can finally enjoy after-work drinks while it’s still light out, giving all office drones, far and wide, one more happy hour in which to get drunk.

History of Daylight Time in the U.S.

Although standard time in time zones was instituted in the U.S. and Canada by the railroads in 1883, it was not established in U.S. law until the Act of March 19, 1918, sometimes called the Standard Time Act. The act also established daylight saving time, a contentious idea then. Daylight saving time was repealed in 1919, but standard time in time zones remained in law. Daylight time became a local matter. It was re-established nationally early in World War II, and was continuously observed from 9 February 1942 to 30 September 1945. After the war its use varied among states and localities. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 provided standardization in the dates of beginning and end of daylight time in the U.S. but allowed for local exemptions from its observance. The act provided that daylight time begin on the last Sunday in April and end on the last Sunday in October, with the changeover to occur at 2 a.m. local time.

During the “energy crisis” years, Congress enacted earlier starting dates for daylight time. In 1974, daylight time began on 6 January and in 1975 it began on 23 February. After those two years the starting date reverted back to the last Sunday in April. In 1986, a law was passed that shifted the starting date of daylight time to the first Sunday in April, beginning in 1987. The ending date of daylight time was not subject to such changes, and remained the last Sunday in October. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed both the starting and ending dates. Beginning in 2007, daylight time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

For a very readable account of the history of standard and daylight time in the U.S., see Ian R. Bartky and Elizabeth Harrison: “Standard and Daylight-saving Time”, Scientific American, May 1979 (Vol. 240, No. 5), pp. 46-53.

Sneaky cabbies’ $8M meter rip-off went on for years

New York Post – By DAVID SEIFMAN

In a mind-boggling ripoff that went undetected for years, thousands of city cabbies overcharged nearly 2 million passengers by at least $8.3 million, according to a shocking disclosure yesterday by the Taxi & Limousine Commission.

Officials said 35,558 of the city’s 48,300 taxi drivers — or three-quarters of all the licensees — were caught overcharging at least once by secretly changing the meter’s rate setting.

A staggering 3,000 drivers swindled passengers more than 100 times each. A total of 1.9 million trips were overpriced.

The scale of the thievery over the last 26 months was flabbergasting even to hardened veterans of what is supposed to be a tightly regulated industry.

“Oh, my God!” exclaimed one taxi official.

“When I first heard one guy was doing this, I said there has to be more. But I really didn’t expect this.”

He was referring to Wasim Khalid Cheema, who lost his hack license earlier this month after authorities found he had cheated 574 passengers in just one month — this past July — by setting his meter to Rate Code 4, covering Westchester and Nassau counties, instead of Rate Code 1, the default setting for trips inside the five boroughs.

The suburban rate is double the in-city rate.

The remarkably simple scam netted Cheema an extra $40,000 over six months.

It came to light last year only after a suspicious passenger complained that a 12-minute trip from Manhattan to Queens cost $20.20, about double what she expected.

TLC officials then began comparing data from GPS devices in each cab with meter receipts and made the shocking discovery that the ripoffs were more rampant than anyone could have imagined.

“It would be purely speculative, but I can’t believe this was organized,” said one city official. “Perhaps there was some word of mouth.”

Since GPS devices were only installed over the last couple of years, officials conceded that the wholesale rip-offs could date back years.

The official amount stolen came to $8,330,155 in 1,872,078 trips — an average of $4.45 per trip…

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Kissing in Dubai restaurant lands Brit couple in jail


A British couple has landed in Dubai jail just because they dared to exchange a kiss in a restaurant.

Tourists Charlotte Lewis, 25, and marketing executive Ayman Najafi, 24, said that all he did was peck her on the cheek.

But a local woman claimed she and her children saw them kissing on the lips and stroking each other’s backs, and that’s why she called cops.

The stunned pair was arrested at packed Bob’s Restaurant and accused of breaching the Muslim state’s strict honour and modesty laws.

They were each sentenced to a month in prison followed by deportation.

The couple was also fined 180 pounds for drinking, despite being only a quarter of the British driving limit.

The pair’s ordeal came after a 38-year-old Muslim mother complained about their behaviour at the swish Jumeirah Beach Residence.

The woman diner said she felt deeply offended when her children saw the two kissing at 2am last Saturday.

“The couple cannot believe what has happened to them. They are desperate to persuade the court that they meant no offence,” the Sun quoted a legal source close to the case as saying.

It is thought they will seek a reduced sentence that would let them fly out immediately. (ANI)

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