Study: Car Accidents Spike on Election Day

Posted: October 3, 2008

Voting on November 4 could be hazardous to your health.  No, we're not commenting on McCain's tax proposals or even Obama's health care plan.  According to a new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Wednesday, your risk of being involved in a car accident goes up on the day we choose the next President.

The AP reports, "The study found that on average, 24 more people died in car crashes during voting hours on presidential election days than on other October and November Tuesdays. That amounts to an 18 percent increased risk of death. And compared with non-election days, an additional 800 people suffered disabling injuries." 

Angry Hummer drivers running Priuses off the road?  Well, hopefully not.

Kicking Tires explains, "The study...offers some rather convincing arguments as to why traffic fatalities and injuries rise on Election Day. For instance, more people are in a hurry, either to get to their polling place or to get back to work. Drivers may also take unfamiliar routes to reach their place of civic duty, and perhaps be distracted by the great weight of participatory democracy."

We're not encouraging you to skip the polls.  There's a war on, an economic crisis threatening job growth, and tax policy to consider.

But 34 states (and the District of Columbia) allow early voting.  It's worth considering...

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