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Originally posted by Missing Blue Sky
"I may be inclined to give that some validity. Maybe it is the connection I was seeking. Red-staters do rather like their brewskis and one more for the road perhaps. "
This is why you posted this to "fish" for the answer you wanted. I just moved from the #1 most densely populated counties in the US to one of the least. And the roads are terrible!!!! I never felt like I was in danger of more than a fender bender before....but just today went around a curve and could envision my car flipping over into a ditch and killing me. It is not because people in Blue states are better, kinder or smarter...it is just because they have more development. Our downtown does not even have a light and bell at the train tracks which are very busy. Lower population means lowers funds and fewer improvements can be afforded.
Originally posted by OptimusSubprime
reply to post by Erongaricuaro
Ok, well blue states are only blue because of the large cities and the population of said cities. Those people take the bus, subway, walk, etc... Red states are far more rural, with much more open space to drive vehicles, even in the much smaller cities.
Originally posted by DrGod
reply to post by Erongaricuaro
More people live in NYC than most of the "country".
And most people in NYC don't drive.
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
reply to post by homeskillet
ok - here is the statistical reason why your conclusion is wrong
new york state has a population of 19 million , with over 8 million in NYC alone [ thats > 40 % of the states population in a single urban metroplis ]
thus as the stats are / 100K population - new york cities lower average speed / journey , better roads [ all paved / lit etc ] , better traffic management , policing , emergency response times , medical " centres of excelence " etc etc etc
will slant the statistics
whereas a rural county like say - hamilton county - has a population of only 4400 and a land area several times the size of NYC [ and no slight intended on its citizens , roads or services ] has more unlit , unpaved roads - longer emergency response times , a longer trip to get the patient to a consultant surgeon with the skills to treat a victim of a major incident
thus 100 fatalities in hamilton county have less impact on the / 100k rate than 1.5 million fatalities in NYC
thats the problem with bare statistics
So how do we foster an intrinsic desire for knowledge among the majority to encourage more to seek it out?
Originally posted by jessejamesxx
I've been living in Dallas for over a decade, I moved here from Chicago. One of the main differences I've seen, is people's attitude towards drunk driving. I went to visit Chicago last year, and was astounded that every time we went out somewhere, with different crowds of people, they called taxis to take us drinking. Never once has that happened to me in Texas. No one has ever suggested we call a cab to take us out or drive us home.. But in Chicago, it happened multiple times in the few weeks I was there.
I'm not sure what causes the lax attitude, but in a way, I'm glad. I don't consider "buzzed driving", "drunk driving", if I'm under the legal limit (which I almost always am, not much of a drinker)