Husband and wife Keith and Gay Boulis, who own watch and clock repair shop Hour Time Square, help about 200 people every year that seek assistance in resetting their watches for Daylight Saving time.
Located on 210 Brynn Marr Road, the shop has been at that facility for nine-and-a-half years after moving from there from the mall.
“I mean there’s people that come back every year, sometimes twice a year, if for no other reason than to have their watches or clocks reset,” Keith Boulis said.
Daylight Saving Time ends 2 a.m. Sunday, prompting clocks to “fall back” an hour.
“We have people bring their digital watches in because they don’t know how to reset the time on it themselves. We had some in here just this morning getting ready for the time change,” Gay Boulis said.
Both the sunrise and sunset on Sunday will be approximately one hour earlier than Saturday.
“I enjoy fixing things for people and making them happy because we were able to fix something. Especially things that come in that’re old, because the customers will get emotionally attached to watches,” Gay Boulis said.
But it isn’t all extra sleep and changing the clocks and watches.
“The early sunset puts more drivers and pedestrians on the road in twilight, when visibility may be impacted,” said Lt. Sean Magill, traffic supervisor with Jacksonville Police Department, via a press release.
The department offered the following traffic safety tips for motorists and pedestrians in adjusting to the new time change and the change in the light:
Turn on your low beam headlights as soon as twilight approaches; Drivers should slow down, following speed limits, especially during evening hours; Drivers should be aware that pedestrians may not hear vehicles; Don’t operate smartphones while driving; Don’t operate your vehicle unless you can see out of all windows; Make sure that defrosters and windshield wipers are serviced regularly. For pedestrians:
Carry a flashlight or wear reflective gear or ensure that they are visible to drivers at greater distances; Do not depend solely on the traffic signals. Use common sense when on the road. Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. Don’t walk on the street, but on the shoulder of the road, facing oncoming traffic. Reconsider wearing headphones or earphones if they are walking near traffic.