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  • Interesting thing I noticed - the 10 least crashy states have excellent public transportation - except for Alaska which is simply lacking in things to run your car into. The 10 most crashy states have next to no public transit.

    Is it a red state / blue state thing or a lack of public transit thing? If you were to do a find and replace for red/blue lacking transit/plentiful transit you couldn't tell the difference.
  • pecosdave: Interesting thing I noticed - the 10 least crashy states have excellent public transportation - except for Alaska which is simply lacking in things to run your car into. The 10 most crashy states have next to no public transit.

    Is it a red state / blue state thing or a lack of public transit thing? If you were to do a find and replace for red/blue lacking transit/plentiful transit you couldn't tell the difference.


    That probably has something to do with it, but note that 177 people died in WY, while 2715 people died in CA. Given its population, even one death in WY is statistically significant. Also, states like WY, NM and and the Dakotas also have much higher numbers of DUI along with likely higher rates of alcoholism, greater percentages of poor people and lots of wide open straight highway miles where people are more likely to fall asleep while driving.
  • pecosdave: except for Alaska which is simply lacking in things to run your car into.


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  • Ain't no gubmint tell me to wear no seatbelt, I'll tell you what.
  • And we're up 6% over last year here. 890 dead so far in traffic accidents in the state, versus 840 last year at this time.
  • More highly urbanized areas are more likely to vote democrat and also less likely to drive by utilizing mass transit/walking

    An intesting comparison would be to fatalities per mile driven in these states. The results would probably be a lot closer
  • pecosdave: Is it a red state / blue state thing or a lack of public transit thing?


    Public transportation is a red/blue thing.
  • Blue states are full of moochers that can't afford cars.
  • Blue states use private jets and helicopters.
  • With the understanding that "crashing the economy" was a bipartisan effort, thanks to the Housing Bubble, meaningless statistics are meaningless, subby.
  • pecosdave: the 10 least crashy states have excellent public transportation


    Came here to say this. Urbanization correlates to both political affiliation and use of cars.
  • Tennessee's problem is sobering.

    There's a T-DOT billboard that is over the road on my way to work, that displays the number of Traffic Fatalities each morning in Tennessee for the year.

    We're currently approaching 1,100 for the year. And each day brings a new addition.
  • When I lived in Indiana, a lot of people were run over by trains. Anecdotal evidence to be sure, but it felt somewhat excessive considering that in most of Indiana you can see a train coming from about 12 miles away.
  • PC LOAD LETTER: Ain't no gubmint tell me to wear no seatbelt, I'll tell you what.


    This.
  • I'm not siding with either political party here, but I would have thought that the author would know that correlation does not always equal causation. Maybe they addressed that in TFA, but I only skimmed it because I'm lazy.
  • Mass transit.

    Not that difficult to figure out.

    I certainly don't totally reject the theory that people in "red" states are stupid and can't drive worth a fark (I live in Texas, after all), but people in "blue" states are also stupid and from what I hear/read (esp. here on Fark) also can't drive worth a fark.
  • hdhale: With the understanding that "crashing the economy" was a bipartisan effort, thanks to the Housing Bubble, meaningless statistics are meaningless, subby.


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    Deregulation is a bi-partisan effort, amirite?
  • BronyMedic: Tennessee's problem is sobering.

    There's a T-DOT billboard that is over the road on my way to work, that displays the number of Traffic Fatalities each morning in Tennessee for the year.

    We're currently approaching 1,100 for the year. And each day brings a new addition.


    Yeah, I liked it when they said "Don't text and drive" cause I was like "Dude, I think you just texted me!"

    /Bill "Nonconnah" Norris
  • "This is someplace where you would not expect to see a partisan divide," Frank said

    That's because it's NOT.

    The calculation being used is vehicle fatalities per capita, not factoring in vehicle ownership per capita, miles driven per capita, local/highway miles or % of time on the road or other more useful figures that might shed some light on whether it is the drivers themselves that are the problem or if it's just the environment in which the driving is taking place.

    That's like saying rich people aren't as good at flying planes as poor people because more rich people die every year in plane crashes (not too many poor folks fly their own planes).
  • Things Republicans are good for crashing:

    Economies
    Cars
    Dreams
  • Another thing: I wonder if red states have more relaxed driving permit standards, especially pertaining to age. New York doesn't let you get a learner's permit until 16, and from what I hear the farm states out west let kids drive as early as 8 so they can help with the farm work. But since most cars and trucks are designed to be operated by adults, and IMO kids and teens probably have worse judgment with respect to speeding, aggressive driving, and handling alcohol and such substances, the incidence of accidents caused by minors may be higher.
  • California had 10% less fatalities than Texas in spite of having 10,000,000 more population or so.
  • LOL.

    Still not Obama's fault. I guess nothing ever will be.
  • Dead for Tax Reasons: More highly urbanized areas are more likely to vote democrat and also less likely to drive by utilizing mass transit/walking

    An intesting comparison would be to fatalities per mile driven in these states. The results would probably be a lot closer


    Same could be said for speeding for those who do drive. It's hard to get into a fatal crash going from one stop light to the next (but not impossible) in very congested areas whereas Wyoming is specifically known for having no speed limits in certain portions of the state.
  • With some exceptions, red states are poorer than blue ones and have less money to spend on highway safety and improvement. They also tend to have less educated citizens and risky behaviors are highly correlated to a lake of education.
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