Car deaths in the USA

There has been some discussion of the “amazing” fact that the US has more vehicle deaths in “red” states than “blue” states. Of course, this is not particularly amazing at all, since people drive longer distances in “red” states. If we look at vehicle deaths per million miles driven, rather than per capita, most of the difference disappears, although fatality rates are still 45% higher in “red” states, for reasons unclear to me.

Of course, in every state, the numbers are simply too high: 33,804 people died on US roads in 2013 (compared to 11,208 firearm homicides). Surely this is unacceptable!

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