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(NBC News)   Turns out the economy is not the only thing Republicans are good at crashing   ( openchannel.nbcnews.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Republican, social attitudes, Michael Isikoff, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, red states, breast cancer risks, Thomas Frank, car accidents  
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2012-11-20 11:33:43 AM  
4 votes:
"This is someplace where you would not expect to see a partisan divide," Frank said

That's because it's NOT.

The calculation being used is vehicle fatalities per capita, not factoring in vehicle ownership per capita, miles driven per capita, local/highway miles or % of time on the road or other more useful figures that might shed some light on whether it is the drivers themselves that are the problem or if it's just the environment in which the driving is taking place.

That's like saying rich people aren't as good at flying planes as poor people because more rich people die every year in plane crashes (not too many poor folks fly their own planes).
2012-11-20 10:58:03 AM  
4 votes:
More highly urbanized areas are more likely to vote democrat and also less likely to drive by utilizing mass transit/walking

An intesting comparison would be to fatalities per mile driven in these states. The results would probably be a lot closer
2012-11-20 06:35:06 AM  
3 votes:
Interesting thing I noticed - the 10 least crashy states have excellent public transportation - except for Alaska which is simply lacking in things to run your car into. The 10 most crashy states have next to no public transit.

Is it a red state / blue state thing or a lack of public transit thing? If you were to do a find and replace for red/blue lacking transit/plentiful transit you couldn't tell the difference.
2012-11-20 05:28:29 PM  
1 vote:
Fark you, subby.

You want to blame someone start with Barney Franks and Chris Dodd, two political azzhole buddies if there ever were.
2012-11-20 03:09:52 PM  
1 vote:

lilbjorn: powerful katrinka: How did Massachusetts get a number 2 place?

In Massachusetts, you're either a very skillful driver with nerves of steel or you move out of state.

Or, you do like I did: give up your car the instant you move down here, and rely on public transportation or catching rides with people crazy enough to drive around here...
2012-11-20 02:33:11 PM  
1 vote:

powerful katrinka: How did Massachusetts get a number 2 place?

In Massachusetts, you're either a very skillful driver with nerves of steel or you move out of state.
2012-11-20 01:35:27 PM  
1 vote:
"The 10 states with the highest fatality rates all were red, while all but one of the 10 lowest-fatality states were blue. What's more, the place with the nation's lowest fatality rate, while not a state, was the very blue District of Columbia."

Oh, well that explains it. The traffic is so bad you almost can't get up to speed to get into a fatal accident there.
2012-11-20 12:41:51 PM  
1 vote:
Only congress can spend money. Every president is ONLY there to either veto the bill or make it law. Democrat congress: 2006-2010. No veto pens in sight.
2012-11-20 12:16:27 PM  
1 vote:
Let's see... republican's tend to live in more rural areas where they need to drive more, and they also tend to be older... but no, it must be that being a republican magically makes your driving worse.
2012-11-20 11:47:44 AM  
1 vote:

Arkanaut: Another thing: I wonder if red states have more relaxed driving permit standards, especially pertaining to age. New York doesn't let you get a learner's permit until 16, and from what I hear the farm states out west let kids drive as early as 8 so they can help with the farm work. But since most cars and trucks are designed to be operated by adults, and IMO kids and teens probably have worse judgment with respect to speeding, aggressive driving, and handling alcohol and such substances, the incidence of accidents caused by minors may be higher.

14, in some states in flyover country you could get a permit at 14.

Personally, my experience has been that conservatives are more likely to be assholes (and liberals are more likely to be pussies). Assholes cause a lot of mayhem on the roads.
2012-11-20 11:44:25 AM  
1 vote:

JackieRabbit: With some exceptions, red states are poorer than blue ones and have less money to spend on highway safety and improvement. They also tend to have less educated citizens and risky behaviors are highly correlated to a lake of education.

A perfect example of a blue state champion right there.
2012-11-20 11:24:58 AM  
1 vote:
Blue states are full of moochers that can't afford cars.
2012-11-20 07:06:41 AM  
1 vote:

pecosdave: except for Alaska which is simply lacking in things to run your car into.

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