CENTRAL TIME COALITION

The mission of the Central Time Coalition is to promote the allocation of available sunlight and darkness in a manner that provides the greatest peace, safety and well-being to the citizens of Indiana. Specifically, we support Central Standard Time in winter and Central Daylight Time the remainder of the year.

CENTRAL TIME – INDIANA’S RIGHT TIME

NEWS updated February 2014

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!  LET THE ISSUES BE HEARD!!

Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 (SCR3) - sponsored by Senator Greg Walker (R- Columbus), called for the General Assembly to petition USDOT to hold hearings to place all of Indiana in the Central Time Zone. Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R – Ft. Wayne) assigned it to the Senate Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee, of which he is the chairman. Senator Long killed SCR3 by not giving it a hearing in committee. This is the 4th year in a row that Sen. Long had killed Central Time resolutions.

A “Petition for the Redress of Grievances”, sponsored by the Central Time Coalition, was hand delivered on Jan. 15, 2014 to all members of the General Assembly. The Petition identifies 18 specific grievances and asks the General Assembly to redress these grievances by requesting USDOT to restore all of Indiana to its original Central Time Zone, with the possible exception of certain southeastern counties that closely interact with Louisville and Cincinnati.
>> Click here to read the Petition for Redress of Grievances 

Daylight Saving Time goes into effect on March 9. Sunrise in Indiana’s Eastern Time counties goes from 7:07 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. Sunrise in Indiana’s Central Time counties goes from 6:07 a.m. to 7:05 a.m. and it will still be daylight when most students travel to school. 

What does “acclimating to Eastern Daylight Time” mean? Consider these statics featured in the Indianapolis Star during 2013. With eight years of Eastern Daylight Time under our belt Indiana’s education ratings have steadily declined, Indiana’s teens have the highest crash rates in the US, Indiana is the 8th most obese state in the US and among the least physically fit, 55,000 students are chronically absent from school, millions in education money ($71 million this year to date) is unnecessarily being wasted on school delays, Indiana’s poverty rate has risen from 12th in the US in 2000 to 34th in 2011, Indiana’s median income has dropped from $78,599 in 2000 to $57,148 in 2011, Indiana’s workforce education level is now 42nd in the US, on and on with many of these declines being Time Zone related.  Governor Pence writes that he thinks that Indiana is acclimating to EDT. We disagree. “Acclimating” appears going backwards.

TWO ONLINE PETITIONS – LET THE STUDENTS BE HEARD!

ADULT ONLINE PETITION (for ages 18 and over) Click on this link below and follow the directions,  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1f7eWNFJCNjhUUWpMr9JRi10ZiQzQ6zP5ZiqAQsag_ko/viewform

Please don’t sign the online petition if you’ve already signed our paper petition, but pass this link along to friends and parents of school age children.

STUDENT ONLINE PETITIONS (for students under 18 years old) Click on this link and follow directions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/194OrzGZydbynamEv24VmjVvyIIuswXURvCHsgfyTBSg/viewform

We want to hear from you and your voice deserve to be heard. Pass this on to your friends to help let our government know that we’re sick of dark mornings that cause it to be unsafe getting to school and makes us tired when we do get there. Please PASS THE ON TO YOUR FRIENDS. YOU DESERVE TO BE HEARD!

BROCHURE

The Central Time brochure is a handy document to forward by email or print and hand out. It explains why Central Time is Indiana’s Right Time.  click here.

OPINIONS

IS CENTRAL TIME A POLITICAL ISSUE? NO!  It is a “people” issue that affects all Hoosiers, regardless of political affiliation or age. Support for Central Time comes from Republicans, Democrats, members of all political parties and all age groups.

COALITION’S POSITION  -  Indiana’s split time situation is divisive. Time confusion costs money in missed meetings, appointments, deadlines, etc. Scheduling school, social, and community events is especially difficult for thousands of Hoosier families living in Indiana’s 17 counties that are split by the time zone boundary. Eastern Time has proven to be unsafe for Indiana’s school children and detrimental to their educational well-being. Eastern’s excessive number of school delays wastes money intended for educating students and undermines the quality of education. Eastern is the wrong time zone for Indiana businesses. Sixty one percent of Indiana’s exports are shipped to time zones west of us. While a 1-hour time gap causes minor inconveniences, the 3-hour, year-round time gap between Indiana and the West Coast is a major deterrent to conducting business. Central Time is Indiana’s Hoosier-friendly and business-friendly time zone.

INFORMATION

GEOGRAPHY -  Time zones established by the railroads in1883 and officially adopted in the Standard Time Act of 1918, are based on the location of the sun. The solar divide between Central and Eastern is the 82.5 longitude that runs 25 miles east of Columbus, Ohio. Indiana’s original and geographically correct zone is the Central Time Zone. Eastern’s unbalanced sunlight schedule in Indiana results in abnormally dark mornings. Learn more here

LATE SUNSETS -  Late sunsets make bedtime difficult and often result in sleep deprived students who are not alert at school and frequently ill prepared. Late sunsets in summer diminish many darkness-dependent experiences that have been part of our Hoosier heritage – July 4th fireworks, evening concerts, campfires, youth and family camping, outdoor movies, seeing the stars and lightning bugs. Learn more here

SAFETY -  Darkness is dangerous for pedestrians. Eastern’s excessively late sunrises in Indiana force students to walk along dark streets the majority of the school year - or to wait at dark bus stops while inexperienced teens drive on dark streets to get to school. School buses begin picking up students at 6:30 a.m. all over Indiana and deliver most students to their homes by 4 p.m. Sunrise in Indiana’s Eastern Time counties is as late as 8:20 a.m. On Central Time the latest sunrise would be around 7:20 a.m. and the majority of travel to and from school would occur in daylight. Learn more here.

INDIANA’S TIME ZONE HISTORY -  The US Constitution assigned regulation of commerce to Congress, which, in turn, delegated it to USDOT. Two Indiana governors have requested time zone decisions from USDOT. In 1967, Governor Branigin requested that USDOT unite all of Indiana in its historical Central Time Zone. Learn more here  In 2005, Indiana’s General Assembly directed Governor Daniels to petition USDOT to hold hearings to determine the best location of Indiana’s time zone boundary. Learn more here .  USDOT refused to hold hearings because “The General Assembly and Governor did not take a position on where the boundary should be.” Instead, they offered to accept petitions from counties and gave counties a 35 day deadline to get petitions submitted. Learn more here.  It is obvious that USDOT considers it the state’s responsibility to determine what is right for its citizens before coming to them with a time zone boundary change. The Central Time Coalition agrees. We also think that the county-by-county approach is very wrong for Indiana. It pits county against adjacent county – an approach that has proven to be very divisive. Indiana’s time zone situation is a state-wide issue that affects all Hoosiers, not just a single county.

SCHOOL DELAYS WASTE MONEY  - At the rate of $7 per student per hour, school delays waste money intended for education while students and teachers wait at home for the weather to clear. In 2012-2013 school delays wasted over $47 million. An extra hour of sunlight would reduce Indiana’s excessive numbers of 2-hour delays by one hour and could eliminate them altogether.  Illinois (Central Time) had 19 school delays in 2012-2013 compared to Indiana’s 1,172 school delays. Learn more here

EASTERN TIME UNDERMINING EDUCATION  -  Circadian rhythms regulate the 24-hr. cycle of waking and sleeping. Studies prove that when civil clocks are out of sync with biological clocks (as in Indiana’s Eastern Time counties) students have impaired school performance. Learn more here.  On delay days, each class period is shortened. Tests and laboratory classes can’t be held. Teachers consider delay-days wasted educationally. Eastern Time in Indiana is an unrecognized culprit that is undermining education in Indiana. Learn more here

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME VS. TIME ZONES = CONFUSION  - Prior to 2006, Indiana didn’t observe daylight saving time in the 80 Eastern Time counties, and for seven months each year (spring/summer/fall) all Hoosiers were united on the same time – “Chicago time” (Central Daylight Time). During winter the Eastern Time counties were on “New York time” (Eastern Standard Time) and the Central Time counties were on Central Standard Time. Being out of sync with the rest of the US caused confusion outside of Indiana that was considered detrimental to Indiana’s economic health. Thus, daylight saving time for the Eastern Time counties was approved by the General Assembly and went into effect March 2006. Now Indiana is permanently split year-round into two different time zones and confusion reigns within Indiana about “what time it is”. Learn more here

INDIANA TIME ZONE WHITE PAPER -  Released on Nov. 3, 2011, this thoroughly researched and documented white paper examines the history of Indiana time decisions and raises major questions about the processes. To access this report go to: http://sites.google.com/site/stjosephtimezone/

"TIME CHANGE: THE DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS” By Dr. John Gaski, Ph.D. Notre Dame professor, was published in the Indiana Policy Review, Summer 2011. To learn how “so many people got something so important so wrong”. Learn more here.

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