• May 25th 2006 at 1:04PM
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Hispanics and Native Americans face dramatically higher odds of dying in an automobile accident than do whites, blacks, or Asians, according to a study on the topic recently released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The trend is said to be caused by an increased rate of intoxicated driving, more drivers without a valid operator's license and decreased seatbelt usage among the higher-risk ethnic groups. A NHTSA spokesman stated that the agency is "not sure there is an answer across the board." Part of the problem is thought to be related to recent immigrants who are not yet familiar with the driving habits and rules of U.S. roads, though presumably this reasoning does not extend to Native Americans.

Taking a look at gender instead of race, men are twice as likely to die as women in auto accidents - a fact that Autoblog attributes to the strong correlation between the Y chromosome and a tendency to perform donuts, engage in stoplight drag racing, and generally act like hooligans whenever presented anything with wheels and an internal combustion engine.

[Source: Detroit News]




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      • 9 Years Ago
      The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has also listed low visibility and poor reactions caused by openly weeping at trash on the side of the highway as a potential contributing factor to native american road deaths.

      ...Along with the already stated Trail of Beers.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What a shocker! Do we really expect illegal immigrants, whom make up a very large part of the Hispanic population, to respect the laws of the road when they cannot respect the laws of this nation. Driving is just a small part of the social cancer many are bringing to this country. Who can really blame them when you understand the level of corruption and lawlessness in the countries from which they came. Just hope and pray one of these people don't take your family out on a sunday afternoon drive and that our politicians will have the wisdom to stop the invasion.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wait till Congress okays the new amnesty bill and Hispanics become the majority,brace your self for a third world gum ball rally on every street and highway in the country.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Do we really expect illegal immigrants, whom make up a very large part of the Hispanic population ...

      Posted at 4:14PM on May 25th 2006 by Fazzster

      It's 'who make up', not 'whom'.

      Learn English, dammit :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      More men then women die in car accidents? Sounds bogus. Sure, if their data is comparing total number of deaths, or even per fatalities captia by sex, then fine, cause THERE ARE FAR MORE MEN DRIVING THAN WOMEN. For example, truck drivers, most common job in america. So its a flawed stat.

      However, it would be legit if they got the number of males and females who actually have a licence and ask them how many major accidents they have had. I betcha females outdo males.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I guess I'm going to have to run down some white people in order to even things up.
      • 9 Years Ago

      HAR HAR HAR!...I love how you probably jumped at the opportunity to add your ignorant comment in this, your venue of choice!

      I bet my immigrant family drives much better than you do.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I live 15 minutes from the mexico border, and most mexicans are severly afraid to drive the speed limit let alone keep up with all the rest of traffic ( 80 mph) ! i drive over 300 miles a day and see the good the bad and the ugly ... and all the stupid drivers are female bmw drivers or non white drivers !!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      There are more men dying because they are dodging all the women putting on makeup/talking on cell phones/screaming at their kids.
      • 9 Years Ago
      13: That's the kind of attitude more Americans need to have. Finally someone who sees the bullshit too.

      I was involved in an accident with an illegal immigrant. He did not know what an un-protected left turn signal was, and he thought he had the right-of-way. I was coming through the intersection the other direction, going the speed limit, and he turned his car about 20ft. in front of my Exploder. I reacted very quickly because I saw the whole thing happening, but it was so fast that the ABS didn't even have time to activate. ANYWAY, my point is that after the accident, before I had even gotten OUT OF my Exploder, which was on its side, the guy who hit me was 300 yards away, over two fences, and into someone's house. It was rush hour, and there was an officer very close to the intersection, so they managed to catch the guy. He was tried and deported.

      I'm not upset that it was a hispanic, it could have been anyone anytime. My problem is that his relatives, legal or not, allowed him to take their car and drive it on public roads when he had no real driver's training, or even a license or ID. This kind of thing is just as bad as driving drunk. Everyone knows how much people freak out about DUIs, yet just the other day in my city an elderly person drove their car through the front of a store and killed three people. It's a double standard.

      At least the accident took one more Exploder off the streets. The guy that hit me was driving an 80s oldsmobile with 10" dayton wire wheels. I did him a favor totally destroying it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      If you stop illegal immigration, you'll see the number of hispanic deaths due to cars/trucks drop dramatically!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's because the signs are in English and the tests are in Spanish!
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