Fatalities Up Despite Lower Crash Numbers In North Texas
A surprising finding is pushing traffic engineers to consider new strategies for controlling crashes on emptier roads. Dallas-Fort Worth CBS reported on the study.
Anyone who has been out on the roads this year knows that traffic is down due to the pandemic. As you might expect, the number of crashes has also gone down because there are fewer cars on the road. But a new finding by the CBS 11 I-Team found that the number of fatalities has gone up significantly from crashes in North Texas.
The researchers found that when there were fewer cars on the road, people took advantage to speed. Thus, when a crash happened, it was more likely to kill the driver. Another disturbing finding was that the number of intoxicated drivers in serious or fatal crashes rose 15% this year.
The researchers are now working to figure out ways to slow drivers down even when the roads are emptier. The simplest way to do your part is to avoid driving while under the influence of any substance. This will drastically lower your chances of causing a fatal accident.
Another thing to do, and it’s something we’ve all heard, is to slow down. It’s tempting to push the pedal down when no one is around, but the faster you go the less time you have to react to a change. Plus, once you reach certain speeds the road itself becomes a danger. Stay under the limit!