While it did save energy, Nixon's act also increased the number of morning traffic accidents involving schoolchildren. These "dark morning" incidents were offset by a reduction in child accidents later in the day, but the government returned to the six-month schedule for 1976. Under Reagan, an extra month was added again at the urging of business groups (like sports equipment and barbecue grill manufacturers) who expected increased profits with longer days.
If the energy bill passes this week, daylight-saving time would once again extend to eight months. Farmers have not lobbied against the bill, but concerned parents and religious groups have said it puts schoolchildren in danger.
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