Chile’s daylight saving time (DST) has been extended by 7 weeks, so clocks will now be moved back by 1 hour from midnight (24:00) Saturday April 28, to 11pm (23:00) instead of Sunday March 11, 2012.
The Chilean government’s extended DST schedule is part of a plan to reduce energy consumption, traffic accidents, and crime.
Cities throughout Chile, including capital Santiago, will continue DST until April 28.
The following DST changes will occur in Chile in 2012:
- Clocks will move back 1 hour from midnight (24:00) Saturday April 28, to 11pm (23:00).
- Clocks will move forward 1 hour, from midnight (24:00) Sunday September 2 to 1am (01:00).
Hope to reduce crime
Government officials hope that having more daylight during the evening over a longer period would boost safer driving, cut down on the use of artificial lighting, and discourage criminal activity that would normally occur after dark.