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An Argument for High Gas Prices

Rising prices at the gas pump appear to be having at least one positive effect: Traffic deaths around the country are plummeting, just as they did during the Arab oil embargo three decades ago.

Researchers with the National Safety Council report a 9 percent drop in motor vehicle deaths overall through May compared with the first five months of 2007, including a drop of 18 percent in March and 14 percent in April.

Preliminary figures obtained by The Associated Press show that some states have reported declines of 20 percent or more. Thirty-one states have seen declines of at least 10 percent, and eight states have reported an increase, according to the council.

No one can say definitively why road fatalities are falling, but it is happening as Americans cut back sharply on driving because of record-high gas prices.

Fewer people on the road means fewer fatalities, said Gus Williams, 52, of Albany, Ga., who frequently drives to northern Ohio. “That shows a good thing coming out of this crisis.” He has also noticed that many motorists are going slower.

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July 22, 2008 - Posted by | Energy, Statistics, Traffic

1 Comment »

  1. Could it be,less people are driving because fewer of them have jobs to drive to. High energy prices = high unemployment.
    Less traffic deaths, but higher suicide rates.
    Probably the same number dead, just a different cause of death.

    Please do yourself a favor.

    Read The Green Agenda. Meet the real Al Gore.
    Find out what he and his friends are really up to.
    Discover what they really have to say and what it means.

    I was as shocked as you will be.
    I learned a long time ago that when there seems to be too much hype about anything there is probably something we aren’t being told.
    Keep an open mind and give it a read.
    You might also want to give Cloak of Green a read.

    Both can be found on the page bar of my blog.
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    Enjoy the day-life is going to get very interesting.

    Comment by atomcat | July 22, 2008 | Reply


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