Legislators in South Carolina have been discussing it since we sprang forward on March 10th. It was only a matter of time before talk of staying on permanent Daylight Saving Time would reach Raleigh.
House Bill 350, which passed the House State and Local Government committee this week, would ask Congress to authorize North Carolina to stay on Daylight Saving Time year round. One of the bill's sponsors, Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln), says it's the most popular bill he's ever filed.
According to Mr. Saine, researchers have documented "significant health effects due to the time changes," including higher rates of heart attacks, car accidents, workplace injuries, and depression in the days and weeks after a clock change. A Rutgers University study of traffic accidents suggests a move to permanent Daylight Saving Time would save approximately 343 lives a year.
The bottom line for me is that if South Carolina stays on Daylight Saving Time all year, North Carolina should too. Changing my dashboard clock every time I drive to Fort Mill for cheap gas and fireworks would be too much of a hassle.