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Daylight savings time has alcohol-sale implications

Pub Date: 10/1/2012

Daylight savings has alcohol-sale implications

    By Lisa Scates, Alcohol Education Coordinator
    Department of Revenue

    The years always seem to go by so fast and 2012 is no exception. As we begin fall, it’s time to remember to set our clocks back one hour to get that extra bit of daylight.
    This year we will set our clocks back on Sunday, Nov. 4. This can be confusing regarding the sale of alcohol, so I’d like to take a moment to clarify.
    The sale of alcohol cannot occur once clocks have been set back. On-premise locations need to close their doors at 2 a.m. and then set their clocks back one hour. They may not re-open and continue to sell alcohol for that extra hour. Off-premise locations do not need to close but must stop the sale of alcohol at 2 a.m. and then set their clocks back one hour. They may continue all other sales except that of alcohol.
    Daylight savings time has an interesting and unstable history. Many believe that Benjamin Franklin first came up with the idea in 1784 during a stay in Paris. He proposed the use of adjusting time to economize the use of candles by rising earlier to make use of the morning sunlight. His idea never caught on.
    In 1905, William Willett also came up with an idea to move the clocks forward to take advantage of sunlight. He proposed moving the clocks forward 20 minutes each of four Sundays in April, then switching them back in the same manner on four Sundays in September. Willett died in 1915 without getting the chance to see his idea come to life.
    Our first official use of daylight savings time was adopted to replace artificial lighting to save fuel for the war effort in Germany during World War I in 1916. Daylight savings time wasn’t used again until 1942 through 1945 for World War II.
    Daylight savings time has been revised several times throughout the years, causing much confusion across the world. Today, it is observed in over 70 different countries with varying times. In 2007 our current schedule, beginning on the second Sunday of March and ending on the first Sunday in November, was adopted.
    If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (406) 444-4307 or e-mail at liscates@mt.gov. I look forward to talking with you. Also, please visit our website at www.AlcoholServerTraining.mt.gov.