Sunday is end of studded tire season and beginning of daylight saving time
- Bill Sheehy
- Central Oregonian - News
day, April 1 is the end of one winter activity and the start of a summer tradition: Time to remove studded tires and, talking about time --- set your clocks ahead an hour.
The 1997 Legislature set the deadline for studded tires on the first day of April, moving it from April 20 to reduce road damage caused by the studs. Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles after April 1 can be charged with a class "C" traffic violation, which carries a $150 fine.
An estimated $11 million is spent each year of repairing studded tire damage on city streets, county roads and state highways, according to state Department of Transportation officials.
Daylight Saving Time is also a practice of saving ... one of the biggest reasons we change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time is that it saves energy. Energy use and the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly connected to when we go to bed and when we get up. Bedtime for most of us is late evening through the year. When we go to bed, we turn off the lights and TV.
Daylight Saving Time begins for most of the United States at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of April. Time reverts to standard time at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday of October.
Daylight Saving Time - for the U.S. and its territories - is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Eastern Time Zone portion of the state of Indiana, and by most of Arizona .
Other parts of the world observe Daylight Saving Time as well. While European nations have been taking advantage of the time change for decades, in 1996 the European Union (EU) standardized a EU-wide "summertime period."
In the southern hemisphere where summer comes in December, Daylight Saving Time is observed from October to March.