Less traffic offers green light for speed-related road deaths
Overall crashes have dipped, but there’s an uptick in risky driving
Before COVID, Kim Santos spent her commute down Loop 610 through Uptown mired in a crawl of cars and trucks, stopping and starting and changing lanes at low speeds.
These days, as Texas has moved to reopen the economy, the 34-year-old dental assistant is moving faster on her way to work, but more nervously. She does not even try to change lanes unless she must, worried someone behind her may be barreling through.
“That second Monday (of the pandemic shutdown’s effects) I was on the freeway and ‘WHOOSSH!,’” she said, motioning with her arm. “Somebody saw their chance. He was probably going 90 mph.”