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  •  The second one. (1+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy

    And I was actually referring to religious fundamentalists that handle poisonous snakes for .... some purpose I don't understand.  I almost ran over a snake last weekend when mowing my lawn.  In my case, yelling at it to move worked.

    But I'm not buying that people will stop drinking and driving if traffic deaths increase by a bit.  Drunk people don't always think these things through, you know?  

    ....no longer in SF.... -9.00, -7.38

    by TFinSF on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 06:00:32 AM PDT

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    •  Statistically you are incorrect here: (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm not buying that people will stop drinking and driving if traffic deaths increase by a bit.
      From Figure 1 on page 29 of this PDF, traffic deaths have slowly and surely "increased by a bit" each year in the USA starting in the mid 1990s (until the onset of the Great Recession, when they dipped a bit, mainly because people were driving less).

      At the same time, deaths from DUIs declined virtually every year (meaning deaths from other causes had to increase quite a bit to compensate.

      So, based on those two trends, it does seem like people * are * drinking and driving less concomitant with a bit of an increase in traffic fatalities.   So maybe drunk people * are * thinking things through more than you suspected.

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