Thursday, May 28, 2009

Honk! Swine flu increases traffic fatalities in Mexico City

This is a very short note, but I thought folks on the World Streets blog might appreciate this traffic factoid from here in Mexico.

Apparently the swine flu in Mexico City caused few real deaths but many traffic deaths. The large drop in the volume of cars increased velocities and also increased traffic fatalities. There were 12 traffic fatalities in the 6 days before the government issued their swine flu alert and 75 traffic fatalities in the 6 days after.

Here is the kicker: the increase in traffic deaths (63) dwarfs the number of swine flu deaths (8) during those six days.

Thought that might be of interest.

Kind regards,
Tom Bertulis
ITDP, Mexico City

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