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Stuart Silverstein is assistant editor at FairWarning.

10 comments to “Revisiting a Red State-Blue State Divide”

  1. Louis V. Lombardo

    An important aspect of the greater number and percent of deaths in Red States than in Blue States is the quality of governance and of Prehospital care. That is why I retired from NHTSA and started Care for Crash Victims. Data on differences in Prehospital care and NHTSA’s failures as well as State governments to protect people is at

  2. Louis V. Lombardo

    As of June 5, 2018 the Trump Crash Death Clock estimates that in the first 500 days of the Trump Administration more than 50,000 Americans have lost their lives due to vehicular violence in the U.S.A. – mostly in Red States. See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/trump-clocks/

  3. Lee

    Low income people are also less likely to drive cars with lifesaving safety features (see Girasek & Taylor, 2010).

  4. Ken Klein

    Arlie Russell Hochschild’s book, including its analysis of the “cowboy mentality,” is very cogent. I hope you further explore how this factor endangers us on not just on our highways, but also in our politics and in the way we conduct our lives throughout America. We have become the “land of the free and the home of the stupid.” We now have a leader to drive us off the next cliff, or the one after.

  5. Stan

    Lots of smoke, but no fire. The correlation is weak, with plenty of counter-examples on both ends, and looks even worse in the middle. The explanations of the relevance of the correlation are nonsense, as some with high accident rates are fairly urban, and several with low rates are pretty rural. And many high accident states have rather aggressive traffic law enforcement, and vice versa.

    This is statistical masturbation… Two unrelated numbers that just happen to vaguely match up sometimes, which sheds no light on anything. There’s a great site called “spurious correlations” which offers numerous charts that correlate far better than these numbers, but which are obviously completely unrelated phenomenon. Take a look for yourself.

  6. Louis V. Lombardo

    More good information on fatalities by State is available in an excellent article in Forbes at http://www.forbes.com/sites/jensen/2017/02/01/states-have-legislative-amnesia-when-it-comes-to-life-saving-traffic-laws/#5c10e4fe3d6f

  7. Patricia Clark

    So I read this article and wondered what point you were trying to make? Then I saw you were from California, and I figured you “journalists” just have to find SOMETHING negative to say about President Trump and/or his supporters, whether it is true or has any significance at all. Why don’t you see how many drug overdoses and/or suicides occurred in blue states? Please find something more worthwhile to do with your time and stop trying to further the divide in this nation. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

  8. Louis V. Lombardo

    Again the public owes thanks to Fair Warning for focusing on an important problem facing Americans here at home. We are approaching recording America’s 4 Millionth fatality due to vehicle violence at a growing rate:

    * 100 deaths per average day due to vehicle violence.
    * 400 serious injuries (brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, etc.) per day.
    * $2 Billion in losses per average day

    The need for bi-partisan support for safety is great. Humankind has more technologies to end crash deaths and serious injuries than ever before in history. We need a Vision Zero goal to put Americans on the road and bring them back again safely. See

  9. Myron Levin

    Myron Levin here, editor of FairWarning. Thanks for your comment, Mark, but I was surprised you read the piece as you did. We thought we made it pretty clear that non-voting factors, such as more travel on rural roads, probably account for higher death rates in red states.

  10. Mark

    Your article on highway traffic death rates being correlated to a political divide in the states is assinine. First, analysis of traffic crashes for low volume roads is highly erratic, and does not represent statically significant results. The problem has to do with sampling opportunity. Higher volume roads have more sample drivers, and thus have rates reflective of a higher statistical quality. Secondly, in most DOT’s the use of highway dollars is directly tied to future population estimates. The low volume roads don’t get desired, and sometimes needed, repair work. Inherent roadside safety isn’t tied to political affiliation of the driver. Lastly, your article suggests that speed is a determining factor in the crash rates. Speed has an effect in the severity of the crash, but not in the rates of crash occurrence. Please don’t spread bad or uninformed information. Your article dissuades tax dollars from being spent appropriately. One could say your article has killed people. But would that be correlation, or causation?

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