Lawmaker to propose Central Time Zone bill in response to bus stop crash

A common debate in the Hoosier state: Should we be in the Eastern or Central Time Zone?

One state lawmaker says changing it could save children’s lives.

Republican Senator Eric Bassler says he will be filing legislation to make the change to the Central Time Zone after three siblings were killed at a bus stop in Rochester in October.

Twin 6-year-old boys and their older sister were hit by 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd, who told police she did not recognize the school bus that was stopped with its safety arm extended.

Bassler believes kids will be more noticeable to drivers if they are waiting for the bus in daylight.

The Indy Star reports the bill is one of two that he plans to file related to school bus safety.

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Daryl Flicker November 28, 2018 at 6:35 pm

The change to Central Time Zone would have kids going out one hour earlier for the bus than they are now

Michael November 30, 2018 at 10:46 am

Just the opposite. They will go out one hour of daylight later. Central Time is behind Eastern so kids will have light. Originally the line for Central time went through the middle of Ohio. Geography dictates the time no matter when we set our clocks. I close with this hard fact. There is 58 minutes between sunrise in New York and sunrise in Indiana. There is only 2 minutes between sunrise in Indiana and Illinois. The setting of a clock will never change that.


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