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Former teacher aims to 'fix' Indiana's fractured time zones

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A few days before its time to "fall back" into Daylight Saving Time, an Indiana woman wants to change something that would effect every single person in the Hoosier State.

Sue Dillon's story started on a cold morning nearly eight years ago. It was January 2009, and an Indianapolis-area teen was killed after being run over by his own school bus around 6:45 a.m. 

It was at that moment Dillon started to look at the one-hour difference between Central and Eastern time. Her thinking was that Central time would provide more sunlight, helping the bus driver avoid the tragic accident. A USA Today study shows the sun both rises and sets later in the day in the Indianapolis area than in any other of the top 50 metro areas.

"The bus driver didn't see him, the kids on the bus didn't see him and went on and left in the street," Dillon said. 

A retired school teacher, she now spends all her time running Indiana's "Central Time Coalition." She says the coalition has more than 2,000 supporters backing Dillon's plan to put the entire state on Central time. Out of the 92 counties in Indiana, 12 are on Central time, while the other 80 are on Eastern time. 

The "Central Time Coalition" caught the attention of State Representative Jeff Thompson. This year, Thompson authored a resolution calling for a study committee to examine the time zone topic. So far, the Indiana House of Representatives have not addressed Thompson's time zone resolution.

Thompson told WDRB his ideal plan would see roughly 86 of the 92 counties in Indiana on Central time. He added it would make sense for the counties that boarder Louisville and Cincinnati to stay on Eastern time. 

As for Dillon, she wants to stay patient on her crusade for change, and ironically, it's a process that will take time.

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