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Numbers can really do a number on you
Numbers can really do a number on you
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A few seemingly random numbers on traffic safety.

Number of people who die in crashes on U.S. roads every day: 100

Estimated number of people who have died in U.S. crashes caused by speeding since 2016: 10,000

Portion of U.S. traffic fatalities in 2008 that were “non-occupant fatalities”–pedestrians, bicyclists, and others not in the vehicles that crashed: 14%

In 2017: 19%

Portion of surveyed consumers who say that distracted driving is a problem: 85%

Who say they are a “safe driver”: 90%

Who admit they use electronic devices while driving often enough to be categorized as “addicted”: 47%

Average amount of time more than the average U.S. driver that those people “addicted” to their electronic devices spend driving: 150%

Average number of miles more than the average driver that they drive: 760%

Actual portion of drivers who use their phones while driving at least once per day: 60%

Average number of minutes per hour distracted drivers spend on their phone: 3.5 minutes

How far a car going 55 mph travels in 3.5 minutes: 2.3 miles

California’s state rank on list of most distracted driving: 36

Portion of luxury car drivers who cut off pedestrians walking in a crosswalk: 30%

Of drivers of less fancy cars that do: 7%

*with apologies to, and affection for, both Harper’s Index and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Tube Times, from whom we totally ripped off this idea

  • Elias Zamaria

    How far a car going 55 mph travels in 3.5 minutes: 2.3 miles

    Where did that number come from? I get 55 mph * 3.5 minutes / 60 minutes/hour = 3.2 miles.

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