Spring Forward, Carefully

Out of concern for public health, Vox reminds us to be careful out there today.

If you’re in the US (and not Arizona or Hawaii http://www.timeanddate.com/time/us/arizona-no-dst.html), you’re likely a bit bleary and moving slowly because yesterday at 2 a.m., we “sprang forward” into daylight savings time.

While it’s our favorite time of the year (long summer evenings!), it does take an hour away from an already sleep-deprived nation. “It's like giving the entire nation one timezone's worth of jetlag,” writes Vox.

They also remind us that in 1999 Johns Hopkins and Stanford researchers studied 21 years of fatal car crash data and found a significant increase in road traffic deaths on the Monday after the clock shift in the spring: Lethal crashes “jumped to an average of 83.5 on the "spring forward" Monday compared to an average of 78.2 on a typical Monday.”
Be careful out there!

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