Friday, June 29, 2007
For most traffic deaths caused by agrressive drivers that is. Hell, I could have told them that. San Bernardino-Riverside had 13.4 deaths per 100,000 people in 1996, the year studied. The next highest area was Tampa-St. Petersburg at 9.5 per 100,000. That means we were almost a third again more dangerous than the next most dangerous area. Two factors weighed into these figures. First, in 1996, the Inland Empire still had relatively low population levels. (but even in absolute numbers we beat Tampa-St. Pete. 178-177, but several areas further down were in the 200's) Our population rates were extremely low compared to the miles of freeway in the area, which leads to the second factor, the Inland Empire is basically a throughway for people going somewhere else. There is a large amount of L.A.-Las Vegas traffic (and vice-versa) and increasing amount of L.A.-Phoenix traffic and hellacious numbers of commuters going into L.A. and Orange County. Then we have the resort traffic on their way to Big Bear and out to Palm Springs.