Are Anti-Vaxxers Shitty Drivers? Spike in COVID Traffic Deaths Says ‘Probably’

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Daily Beast: Researchers say they think they’ve figured out why there was a surge in traffic deaths across the U.S. during the pandemic even though there were far fewer cars on the roads—risk-averse drivers stayed at home, while dangerous drivers went out more than usual.

An AAA study reported by The Washington Post found 4 percent of drivers increased their time on the roads during the pandemic. They tended to be young, male, and more likely to speed, read texts while driving, not wear seat belts, or drive under the influence of alcohol or weed.

“We saw this small group of people who were driving more than they did before the pandemic were the same people who were the highest-risk drivers on the road,” explained AAA senior researcher Brian Tefft.

The researchers said they can’t explain why younger men were out on the roads more during the pandemic, but vowed to look into it. Around 38,680 people died in traffic accidents in 2020—the highest figure in over a decade in the U.S.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/reckless-drivers-went-out-more-during-pandemic-causing-spike-in-traffic-deaths-study-finds?ref=home?ref=home

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3 COMMENTS

  1. It’s legal to consume gallons of alcohol at home and then ride the roads with little risk of apprehension. More time at home, more booze, more crashes. Just my unscientific and less than manly opinion.

  2. The speeding and revving, and honking, and flag waving, is all part of the emboldening of the
    far right. They flew the blue line flags and the police appreciated it. Some people felt safe to go out onto the road and try to display testicular dominance by “going fast” and “making noise”.
    Demagoguery on parade. The Honky’s get triggered when the oppressed march against them. They say, “the minorities are not oppressed”,..”We are the persecuted!!!”.
    In the minds of children, being fair to others, is unfair to them. I honk my horn at God and country for I feel oppressed by this unfair inclusivity. I have a Horn dammit !! You will hear my muffler, and tremble at my presence !!!

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