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central time Time policy mistake has led to fatal accidents

Fatal accidents could have been prevented by Central time
Posted on Nov. 4, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 4, 2013 at 6:39 p.m.

Now, two more Elkhart-area auto fatalities have been caused by an early-morning black-ice accident that almost certainly would not have occurred if we were on Central time (“Two dead in crash on icy bridge north of Elkhart,” Oct. 25). It is past time for the Elkhart County Commissioners to “see the light” and end the mortal hazard due to our bi-county misplacement in the Eastern Time Zone, which they helped engineer in 2005. Until they do, and despite my great respect for Commissioner Mike Yoder, all politicians responsible for the continuing atrocity are culpable.

Abundant scientific evidence, including the Indiana child traffic fatality trend since the 2005-06 time change, confirms this. What a surprise that forcing an army of kids onto the streets and roads in pitch darkness for much of the school year causes injuries and fatalities — and abductions! But children are not the only victims of the time policy mistake, as Elkhart County has learned again tragically.

By the way, evidence also verifies that Eastern time is not better economically for our locality, contrary to the popular myth — as if presumed economic advantage could justify the immoral Eastern Time Zone body count.

John Gaski, Ph.D.

South Bend

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