Full moon associated with increased incidence of Road traffic accidents


Full moon associated with increased incidence of Road traffic accidents
Lokesh S
Neurosurgery
Full moon associated with increased incidence of Road traffic accidents

Full moon associated with increased incidence of Road traffic accidents

Recent study from USA published in BMJ advises extra care while riding a motorcycle during a full moon. Study participants were 13,029 motorcycle fatalities throughout the United States during 1975 to 2014.On a night with super moon, there was substantial increase in risk amounting to about two additional deaths. Study emphasise the importance of constant attention while riding.

Factors proposed for association between full moon and road traffic accidents are:

  • Natural distraction caused by infrequent and spectacular full moon.
  • Luminance contrast: The full moon is large and bright against a dark sky.
  • Increased outdoor activity

Standard safety recommendations to avoid crashes are:

  • Maximizing visibility,
  • Wearing protective clothing,
  • Maintaining the vehicle in excellent condition,
  • Wearing a helmet,
  • Activating headlights,
  • Scanning the road surface for defects,
  • Respecting the weather,
  • Obeying traffic laws, and
  • Forgoing stunts.

According to press release from government of India in Sept 2017, Road accidents have decreased by around 4.1%   during   2016.In 2016, 4,80,652 road accidents occurred as against 5,01,423 in 2015. Two wheelers accounted for the highest share in total number of road accidents  (33.8 per cent),  followed by cars, jeeps and taxis (23.6  per cent),  trucks, tempos, tractors and other articulated vehicles (21.0 per cent), Buses (7.8 per cent), Auto-Rickshaws (6.5 per cent) and other motor vehicles (2.8  per cent).

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