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‘It’s endangering all of us’: Experts link reckless behavior behind the wheel to pandemic as car crash deaths surge

San Jose, CA (KGO)-Drunk driving, speeding, and seatbeltless driving are examples of reckless behavior that safety experts have linked to a pandemic. They believe that these actions led to a surge in road fatalities.

Nationwide in 2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discovered that it was there. 38,680 fatal car accidents.. That number has increased by 7.2% from the number in 2019.

First 6 months of 2021, There was an even bigger jump that is said to have been caused by a pandemic. Specifically, according to the NHTSA survey, it is an increase of 18%.

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“I treat people for fear of flying,” Dr. David Spiegel of Stanford University told ABC7 News. “And if you’re really scared of being killed by transportation, don’t drive.”

Dr. Spiegel is Professor Wilson and Vice-Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

He said there are several factors that can affect the way a driver grips the steering wheel. For some, they probably can only tolerate many risks at once.

“We had to spend a lot of time and attention focusing on the risk of infection, the risk of death, the risk of contaminating other people in the family, etc.,” he continued. “Avoiding other everyday risks, such as driving 100 mph, is quite dangerous.”

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Dr. Spiegel said that there are risk takers as well as risk identification. The driving patterns revealed by the NHTSA survey have changed significantly. Since the March 2020 Public Health Emergency Declaration. Behaviors such as speeding, drunk driving, and buckling-free driving.

Dr. Spiegel believes that these actions by the driver reflect the dissatisfaction seen throughout the pandemic.

“If you don’t need to be vaccinated, you don’t have to stop at a red light and you don’t have to follow the speed limit,” he criticized. “That attitude of not having social responsibility is very dangerous.”

As research reveals, that attitude is dangerous and deadly.

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same Statistics that reflect the numbers for 2020 Deaths have shown to be increasing on urban roads, rural areas, highways and back roads. There is an upward trend in all age groups from 16 to 65, day and night.

“That fundamental disregard for social norms is damaging all of us,” continued Dr. Spiegel. “And it puts us all at risk. That’s really true.”

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