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
2013 LEGISLATION – The CT
Coalition has requested the 2013 General Assembly to “establish a
legislative study committee to conduct an objective evaluation of the
consequences of the Eastern and Central Time Zone designations in
Indiana as they affect all Hoosiers.” Many conditions have changed
since 1966 when 80% of Indiana was moved from Central to Eastern –
transportation, delivery of goods and people, business and personal
communications, safety issues for students as a by-product of school
consolidation, etc. Indiana’s time zone issues have never been vetted.
We are calling for our elected officials to honor their promise to
make decisions that protect Hoosiers’ rights to “peace, safety and
well-being” by examining Indiana’s time zone situation and separating
fact from fiction.
INDIANA FARM BUREAU VOTES TO SUPPORT
CENTRAL TIME - At their annual policy meeting held in August 2012,
the Indiana Farm Bureau voted to support Central Time for all of
Indiana. Indiana agriculture and agribusiness interact with the
Chicago commodity market and suppliers located primarily in the
Central Time Zone. A concern voiced was safety for rural school
children as the result of morning darkness.
Petitions in support of Central Time
for Indiana have been signed by approx. 20,000 Hoosiers, 35+ school
boards, and over 100 businesses. You can add your name by signing the
online petition on this website. You can also help gather signatures
by printing the petition and signature pages from this website and
mailing them in as instructed. Learn more
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 the 2010-11 school year, delays in Indiana’s
Eastern Time counties wasted over $59 million. Already in the 2012-13
school year, 90 fog delays have been called (mid-Aug. & Sept. 31) for
a total of $2.65 million wasted to-date this year. An extra hour of
sunlight would reduce Indiana’s excessive numbers of 2-hour delays by
one hour and could eliminate them altogether. Because our neighboring
state of Illinois is in its correct time zone, school delays aren’t
permitted. Schools can operate without them. Learn more here
EASTERN TIME UNDERMINING EDUCATION
- (title change from School Performance) 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
"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.