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
MESSAGE TO INDIANA LEGISLATORS – FINISH THE
JOB YOU STARTED
In 2005, the General Assembly passed
here) that was intended to finally resolve Indiana’s time
controversies. It had two steps. The first step required all counties
to observe daylight saving time. The second step urged Governor
Daniels to petition USDOT to hold hearings to determine the correct
time zone for each of Indiana’s 92 counties. USDOT replied that this
wasn’t their job. “The Indiana Legislature or governor should
determine the location of the time zone boundary and then bring a
request to us”. Now - ten years later - Hoosiers are still waiting.
LEGISLATORS – USDOT says it’s your job.
We urge you to establish a Legislative Study Committee to determine
which time zone(s) provide the most benefit to Hoosiers. PLEASE -
FINISH THE JOB YOU APPROVED IN 2005.
WHAT FACTS WOULD A STUDY REVEAL?
- In today’s world economy, financial
transactions are instantaneously transmitted through e-technology
and any benefits of being in the Eastern Time are insignificant. In
the meantime, Indiana business interactions and shipment of products
have shifted from east to west. (click
- Restoring Central Time would greatly benefit
Indiana’s television viewers because network programs (including
sporting events and news) would be broadcast one hour earlier.
- Morning darkness is unsafe for students. (click
here). On Central Time the latest sunrise would be 7:15 and the
majority of travel to and from school would occur in daylight (click
- School delays wasted $101 million of tax
money in the Eastern Time counties last year. (click
here) On Central Time, school delays in Indiana could be cut in
half and possibly eliminated. (click here)
- Hoosiers are 9th most obese in the USA and
47th least physically fit. (click
- Excessive morning darkness encourages chronic
absenteeism resulting in students dropping out of school. (click
- Eastern Time’s sunlight schedule is out of
sync with students’ biological clocks. This is undermining students’
academic performance, their safety & mental health. (Click
- Indiana’s teens have the highest death rate
in the US as a result of car crashes. (click
here) Morning darkness is a proven contributor of teen
- Indiana’s teens have the 2nd highest suicide
attempt rate in the US. Eastern Time’s sunlight schedule promotes
chronic sleep deprivation, which leads to depression and
- The 3-hour time difference with the West
Coast is a major inconvenience in conducting business, in direct
communications, and it causes significant jet lag for air travelers.
- The need for nationwide same-day delivery of
products is forcing some Indiana business to move to the Central
Time Zone. (click
- The Indianapolis Airport, home of the 2nd
largest FedEx hub, has not prospered compared to surrounding
- Geographically every square inch of Indiana
belongs in the Central Time Zone. (click
ADULT ONLINE PETITION (for ages 18 and
over) Click on this link below and follow the directions,
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.
We want to hear from you and your voice deserves to be heard. PASS THE
ON TO YOUR FRIENDS. YOU DESERVE TO BE HEARD!
SCHOOL SHOULDN’T START BEFORE 8:30 A.M. – American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) with membership of 62,000 pediatricians, released a
policy statement in Aug. 2014 stating that schools for teens should
start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. For Indiana’s Eastern Time Zone school
districts to meet AAP’s recommendation, schools would need to start no
earlier than 9:30 a.m. (Click
EDUCATION REPORT RELEASED - “The Detrimental Impact of the of
Eastern Time Zone Designation on Indiana – its Students, their
Education, its Communities” (Click
LATE SUNSETS DIMINISH SUMMER EXPERIENCES - Late sunsets in
summer diminishes 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. Late sunsets make bedtime difficult.
Learn more here
INDIANA TIME ZONE WHITE PAPER - 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