Preliminary data from the government’s traffic-safety division shows a disturbing trend toward driving without seatbelts, and other more dangerous behavior.
During the COVID-19 public health emergency, alcohol, cannabis and opioid use increased. When broken down by sex, males were more likely to have positive results in any of these three categories than females. Also, positive rates were higher on weekends than weekdays.
It’s no surprise that the amount of vehicles on the roads dropped this spring because of numerous stay-at-home orders throughout the country. The coronavirus decreased the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT), but also brought about more deaths per 100 million VMT. In the second quarter, that number rose to 1.4, well up from 1.1 in the first quarter.
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