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Saturday, November 04, 2017 1:00 am

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If we could turn back time? Most of us would rather not

Hoosiers will join most of the United States in setting their clocks back tonight, participating in a biannual clock-adjustment ritual we've followed since 2006. The General Assembly approved Indiana's participation at the behest of Gov. Mitch Daniels and the business community, which wanted the state aligned with the 48 others following daylight saving time.

Today, however, a growing number of states are looking to leave their clocks alone. Stateline reports on a movement to “lock the clock” in response to research that shows the time change can be harmful to public health, productivity and safety. About half of the states have considered or are considering bills related to time, according to the website. 

Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and Wyoming all considered legislation this year that would have moved their states to the next time zone to the east.

States participating in daylight saving time follow a schedule set by the federal government. If they want to remain on daylight saving time year-round, they must ask Congress for a law or ask the secretary of transportation for permission. 

A study by an economist at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, last year found fatal car crashes increase by 5 percent to 6.5 percent in the days following a time change.

Will any Hoosier lawmakers push to join the “lock the clock” movement? Not unless they want to unleash another uproar.