Tax Day A Dangerous Day To Drive
Tuesday, April 17th is tax day and beyond the obvious stress of having to file your 1040 forms today, it’s also a very dangerous day to be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
According to Canadian researchers who published research in the Journal of American Medical Association last week, the likelihood of being killed in a car crash on tax day is slightly higher than other days in April.
The researchers looked at crash statistics on the day Americans file their taxes for the past 30 years and found that an average of 226 traffic deaths occurred on that day annually as opposed to any other day, a week before or after that date. That’s about a 6% increase.
Why the difference?
It’s really not a surprise researchers attribute it to the added stress of having to file your taxes on that day.
The Associated Press has a good rundown of the report in a piece entitled, “Study: More fatal car crashes happen on Tax Day.”
Normally April 15th is the dreaded deadline. But this year the 15th fell on a Sunday and Monday was District of Columbia’s Emancipation Day, a holiday only celebrated in the nation’s capitol. So, taxpayers have until tomorrow to file taxes.
Procrastinators need to remember, they can file their taxes online or with the main post office downtown (433 W. Van Buren) until midnight Tuesday.