MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - This Sunday we begin daylight saving time and at 2:00 a.m. the clocks spring ahead one hour.
The U.S. Department of Transportation regulates daylight saving time and says there are 3 reasons why it exists.
- It saves energy. Because it's lighter out longer and because people tend to spend more time outside in the evenings during DST, the need to use electricity in the home is reduced.
- It prevents traffic injuries. More people travel to and from school and work and complete errands during the day.
- It reduces crime because people are out during the day rather than at night.
It's up to the state whether or not to participate in DST. Most do, with the exception of Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Eastern Time Zone portion of Indiana, and most of Arizona.
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