Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Elections cursed by spike in traffic deaths

A Canadian study finds 24 more people die, and 800 more people suffer disabling injuries "during voting hours on presidential election days," reports CNN.

People are in a hurry, they drive unfamiliar routes and they're probably thinking about the vote they're about to cast, explained the researchers. Those things probably wouldn't pull down the number of fatalities.

During a typical day, 134 people die in traffic accidents. On Election Day, that number pushes up to 158. Last year, 41,000 people died in traffic accidents.

Should you use this as another excuse not to vote? Go ahead. But if you want to be more practical about it, the Canadian team suggests you where you're seat belt, drive the speed limit and don't drink.

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