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Published on Wednesday October 13, 2010 in The Toronto Star

RICHARD LAUTENS/TORONTO STAR Dr. Donald Redelmeier’s research curiosity has taken him in some interesting directions — including the research that showed election days provoke more vehicle accidents than average.
Amy Dempsey
Staff Reporter

Drive carefully this month — new research shows that Election Day can be fatal.

A simple hunch led Sunnybrook hospital’s Dr. Donald Redelmeier to that piece of medical research.

Some people who saw photographs of enormous polling station lineups during the last U.S. presidential election mused about wasted time. Redelmeir looked at the same images and had a different thought: “All of those people who’ve lost time are now going to race in order to make up for time.”

His study found that 25 more people die in car crashes on U.S. presidential election days than on an average day — an increase of 19 per cent.

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