Pedestrian deaths at record rate: another symptom of Covid?
Bad Behavior Is Going On Across The U.S. Some are merely offensive; Ask any “essential employees” how customers have changed over the past two years. Some of them are a major inconvenience, such as unruly airline passengers forcing flights to turn back or land immediately – an epidemic so widespread The Federal Aviation Administration publishes data regularly about the disaster in the air. And some bad behavior is killing more and more people on the road. Currently, vehicle mileage is slightly higher than pre-pandemic levels, but pedestrian deaths are setting records in states around the country. One piece in the New York Times begins by looking into the death of a 7-year-old child in Albuquerque, New Mexico, then investigates various authorities to find out what is going on. The crude consensus was, “anxiety levels, greater means, and mismatched social norms.”
The debate about larger vehicles has been and will continue to rage; partly dominating sales of pickup trucks, SUVs, and intersection since 2009 must play in the increase of pedestrian death? Traffic deaths in the US between 2010 and 2020 increased by more than 20%. Between 2009 and 2019, total kilometers driven increased by 10% but pedestrian deaths increased by 50%. This happened while”reported walking rate among Americans is on a declining trend. “However, Govern.com wrote, “In 2018, 6,283 pedestrians died from cars, the most since the mid-1990s, and that’s not counting 1,500 deaths in driveways and parking lots.” However, in the European Union, where the crossover continues to climb the sales charts, Traffic deaths decreased by about 33% from 2009 to 2019, pedestrian deaths also decreased. What are we doing differently with Europe?
A growing number of academia and governments blame the pandemic’s mental state as the cause. One LA Times piece from december writes that “the pandemic has made US drivers more reckless – more likely to speed, drink or use drugs and not wear seat belts” and “experts say this behavior on the road has ability to reflect common feelings of isolation, loneliness, and depression.”
inside NYT story, director of Stanford Medical School’s Center for Health and Stress cites the constant presence of threats such as viruses and the lack of social interaction that has partly created in society “the feeling that the rules are suspended and all bets are off.” A Washington-based researcher believes vehicles are providing the same kind of disconnection and disconnection we often associate with the Internet, with drivers “hidden in giant metal boxes around them.” and we act in ways that we won’t.” A scientist in Austin, Texas, said the country’s troubles were in part due to “two years of having to stop ourselves from doing the things we were supposed to do.” I want to do.”
Check out the story inside NYT. And always keep a good eye on the roads and sidewalks.