Freedummies are bad drivers, says least surprising news of the day

The Rational National breaks down something I’ve suspected for as long as I’ve seen loonmobiles covered in InfoWars stickers on the road. Namely, that people with a fanatical anti-vaccination attitude are shitty drivers:

During the summer of 2021, Canadian researchers examined the encrypted government-held records of more than 11 million adults, 16% of whom hadn’t received the COVID vaccine.

They found that the unvaccinated people were 72% more likely to be involved in a severe traffic crash—in which at least one person was transported to the hospital—than those who were vaccinated. That’s similar to the increased risk of car crashes for people with sleep apnea, though only about half that of people who abuse alcohol, researchers found.

The excess risk of car crash posed by unvaccinated drivers “exceeds the safety gains from modern automobile engineering advances and also imposes risks on other road users,” the authors wrote.

Of course, skipping a COVID vaccine does not mean that someone will get into a car crash. Instead, the authors theorize that people who resist public health recommendations might also “neglect basic road safety guidelines.”

Why would they ignore the rules of the road? Distrust of the government, a belief in freedom, misconceptions of daily risks, “faith in natural protection,” “antipathy toward regulation,” poverty, misinformation, a lack of resources, and personal beliefs are potential reasons proposed by the authors.

Welp, that probably explains why so few of the dummies in the Freedumb Convoy that ravaged Ottawa earlier this year were actual professional truckers, and working ones at that. Conversely, the truckers who were actually on the road, doing their job, getting goods to and from points A and B, were the over 90% who got their shots and followed the safety rules. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if they were also more safety-conscious and less accident-prone, in general. There’s a certain personality type that’s reckless on the road, and that carries over into other facets of life as well.

The only sad thing is that those people somehow manage to get their driving licences in the first place.

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