Dakota Midday: Low Gas Prices and Traffic Safety

Jan 7, 2015

According to AAA, the average price for gas in South Dakota is nearing two dollars a gallon. That is a fall of 42 per cent from the 2014 high of $3.60 in July. While this is good news for the pocketbook, it’s not so good news for traffic safety. According to some studies, cheaper gas results in more crashes and fatalities.

Dr. Guangqing Chi is state demographer and associate professor and director of the Rural Life and State Census Center at SDSU. Before coming to South Dakota, he was a sociology professor at Mississippi State University. He’s been analyzing the relationship between gas prices and road fatalities and he joined Dakota Midday.