FREAK Shots: Blame It on the Moon
Who (or what) should you blame if you get hit by a car?
Costa Rica’s traffic police fault “imprudent” pedestrians (who ignore traffic signals and don’t use overhead passes) for the country’s 33 pedestrian deaths this year.
Researchers at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute say you can blame the moon — at least during part of its cycle. Their study found that more pedestrians are killed in traffic on nights when there’s a new moon.
You can even blame the changing seasons, according to a study by Carnegie Mellon scientists which found that pedestrians walking around during rush hour are three times more likely to be hit by a car in the weeks after daylight savings.
This sign at a crosswalk in Seattle does a good job of placing the responsibility back on the pedestrian (and his athletic ability):