Hochschild talks about “a kind of cowboy mentality, a kind of deregulatory, anything goes culture” that she says normally exists in red states. That culture argument is debatable, but there is no doubt that speeding and failing to wear seat belts highly increase the odds of death in a wreck.
The final piece of data in the piece is sobering: traffic deaths were up 7.2 percent nationwide 2014 to 2015. 2016’s numbers are being finalized, but through June, they were on pace to have risen another eight percent. Those year-to-year increases are the biggest in 50 years.
So regardless of your political leanings, we can agree on two things. First, rural roads are generally more dangerous, so we need to be even more vigilant when driving in those areas. And second, traffic deaths are astonishingly increasing throughout the country. If we want those numbers to start decreasing again, we need to stop texting and driving, slow down and wear our seat belts, for starters.
Doug Turnbull, the PM drive airborne anchor for Triple Team Traffic on News 95-5 FM and AM-750 WSB is the new Gridlock Guy. He writes a traffic blog and hosts a podcast with Smilin’ Mark McKay on wsbradio.com. Contact him at email@example.com