Driver Fatalities Increase on Election Day

Posted on Thursday, November 1st, 2018 at 9:24 am    

Did you know that driving on election day can be more dangerous?  Believe it or not, more people are killed in motor vehicle accidents on election day than on Super Bowl Sunday!  This is serious y’all!  Please be safe!

Why is election day more dangerous?  Mobilizing somewhere around 50% of Registered Voters means alot of traffic.  There should be more people voting but that’s a topic for another day.

How can you stay safe on election day:

  • Have a plan
  • Know who you are voting for so you are not calling friends on the way!
  • Know where you vote
  • Know your route
  • Plan ahead!!!!
  • Follow the speed limit
  • Don’t be an angry driver!

Here is a quote from the Journal of the American Medical Association:

“The increased risk of fatal motor vehicle crashes on presidential election days exceeds the risk on Super Bowl Sundays.1,3 One explanation is increased traffic, but other factors might contribute. A 4% increase in average speed, for example, could yield an 18% increase in deaths even with no increase in average travel distance.4 Additional factors might include distraction (driver inattention), rerouting (unfamiliar pathways), enforcement (decreased police presence), and demographics (mobilizing unfit drivers).5,6 These potential explanations suggest that the increased risk could extend to crashes of lesser severity so that the average US presidential election might also result in hundreds of additional individuals with nonfatal injuries.

Click here to see the article: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/182650