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Traffic collisions are plummeting in several US cities

Traffic collisions are plummeting in several US cities

Quartz.com
March 24, 2020
By Dan Kopf, Senior data reporter

In the average week in San Francisco, California, since the start of 2019, there are typically about 260 calls made to 911 about traffic collisions. For the week of March 17-23, there were just 110. It was the fewest number of traffic collision calls over a seven-day period in over 17 years. Economists see this as a sure sign of a struggling economy.

The coronavirus has almost entirely shut down office life in San Francisco since the March 16th order for residents to shelter in place (pdf). The use of BART, the San Francisco area’s subway system, is down almost 90%, and traffic across the Bay Bridge—which connects San Francisco to Oakland—is down 70%, according to the San Francisco Examiner... FULL ARTICLE

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