4.17.2012

Car crashes rise in tax week

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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