Who invented Daylight Saving Time?
British Summer Time was first introduced more than a century ago as part of the Summer Time Act 1916.
The Summer Time Act came into effect following a campaign by builder William Willett, who proposed that the clocks go forward in spring and go back in winter so that people could save energy and spend more time outdoors during the day.
Furthermore, the ancient Romans also implemented a similar system as a means of using their time efficiently during the day.
As scholar Berthold L. Ullman explains in an article published in The Classical Journal, the ancient Romans would split the period of day in which there was sunlight into 12 periods of equal length, which they would call “hours”.
While many people may relish in the idea of having an additional hour of sleep when the clocks go back, some are of the opinion that the practise should be stopped.
Some people argue that Daylight Saving Time can increase the risk of road accidents, due to more people driving during dark autumn and winter evenings.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents suggests moving the clocks forward an hour in autumn and forward two hours in spring, in order to create lighter evenings throughout the entire year and thus reduce the likelihood of traffic accidents."
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