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Car crashes rise in tax week

April 17, 2012

Fatal car crashes rise an average of 6 percent during the week that taxes are due, according to 30 years of statistics analyzed in a Journal of Medical Association study. The increase in risk is similar to that found on Super Bowl Sunday, a day notorious for drinking and driving.

The findings suggest a variety of feelings associated with preparing and paying one’s taxes (including stress, irritability, impatience and distraction) result in unsafe and aggressive driving. It makes sense that late nights preparing tax forms, fretting about getting them right and, of course, making timely payment could affect people’s judgment.

This year Tax Day falls on Tuesday, April 17th. You should be particularly cautious driving this whole week.

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