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What car owners are less likely to let pedestrians cross the road?

Have you ever had such a thing that you calmly crossedroad on a pedestrian crossing, but some driver brazenly drove right in front of you? American scientists believe that this is mainly done by owners of expensive cars, and everyone else behaves much more modest and more respectful. Also, whether the driver passes a person across the road is affected by the gender and race of the pedestrian. Researchers from the US state of Nevada found out about all this during a study in which random motorists who met on the roads of Las Vegas participated. Also, four people took part in the scientific work, who were given the task from time to time to cross the same area of ​​the roadway.

Owners of expensive cars do not like to give pedestrians the road

The study and its results weretold in the scientific journal Journal of Transport & Health. The experiment was conducted on one of the streets of Las Vegas with an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing. A group of four pedestrians, which included black and white male and female volunteers, was given the task of crossing the crosswalk at different time periods one at a time. A surveillance camera monitored what was happening, which recorded which car owners more often than others do not stop in front of pedestrians.

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In the course of scientific work, pedestrians crossed the roadin front of 461 cars. To the surprise of the researchers, out of all this number, only 28% of the drivers were so kind that they allowed the volunteers to calmly cross the pedestrian crossing. The number of "good" included owners of relatively inexpensive cars, but drivers of expensive cars showed themselves from the worst side. According to researchers, every 1000 dollars from the cost of a car reduced the probability of a driver stopping before a zebra by as much as 3%.

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Researchers also noticed that most oftendrivers give way to white women, but many black men had to wait for cars to pass by. The fact that the behavior of drivers and pedestrians may depend on their gender, race and social status, scientists already knew from the results of previous studies. New scientific work only confirmed the existence of such a pattern.

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According to the researchers, what motoristsrarely allow pedestrians to cross the road is a big problem. The fact is that often because of impudent behavior on the roads of many people, cars are driven down, and motorists themselves have problems with the law because of this. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2017, 200,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents, and 5,977 people died at all.

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Perhaps with the rise in popularity, electricallycars with automatic driving system, such incidents will be much smaller. However, at the moment, the autopilot is not working as well as it should. In 2019, it became known that at least four people died through the fault of the Tesla autopilot.