DENVER — It’s a task all of us (sometimes begrudgingly) have to do twice a year.
Now a Lakewood man and his wife want to save you the trouble of turning your clocks back and forward for daylight saving time.
State legislators have tried to tinker with daylight saving time in the past.
Now for the first time, citizens are pushing for a change through the ballot initiative process.
Sean Johnson and his wife, Teri, submitted a proposal to the Legislative Council at the State Capitol.
They’ve got a lot of work ahead of them, to keep Coloradans from ever having to change their watches and clocks again because of daylight saving time.
“We’ve always hated the 4:30 sunsets in the winter,” said Sean Johnson.
The Johnsons say there are three little reasons they want to make daylight saving time year-round in Colorado. They have three boys, ages 9,7 and 4.
“By the time the sun starts going down, it’s cold, they don’t want to go outside anymore. It’s early and they still have three, four, five hours until bedtime,” said Teri Johnson.
Their remedy for an extra hour of light is to stay on daylight saving time not just during the spring, but also the winter. Forget falling back an hour in November.
“Colorado, for roughly eight months of the year, stays on daylight saving time. For four months we go off. I just propose we stay on for the entire year,” said Sean Johnson, who works as a personal trainer at J Range Training in Lakewood and Littleton.
The Johnsons said a constant clock also decreases health risks such as heart attack and disrupted sleep schedules.
They say the extra hour of daylight also reduces car accidents during the evening rush hour–and helps the environment.
“With the cold weather the carbon monoxide stays and does not get broken up because there’s no light. If there’s an hour difference, which I am proposing, it actually would,” says Sean.
But in 2011, legislators rejected a similar bill because it would have cost the state about $9,500 to implement the changes on hundreds of computer servers.
“If the government does not get something done, then the people have to take it in their hands,” says Sean.
“If you don’t want to set your clocks back and forward. If you don’t want to adjust your sleep, people help us!” laughs Teri.
The Johnson’s have created a Facebook page and a website to help them in their effort. You can find out more at Keep Colorado On Daylight Savings Year-Round, at : https://www.facebook.com/groups/299490206928528/.
You can also check out their website: www.stopthetimechanges.com.
Eventually, they’ll have to collect nearly 87,000 signatures to put it on the ballot for November 2016.