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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What Sort of Drivers Kill Animals for Fun?

Posted by Dominic Holden on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Andrew Sullivan directs our attention to Gizmodo, which reports on Mark Rober's study about drivers who will swerve out of their way to kill rubber animals on the highway shoulder:

He found out that 94 percent of drivers did what anyone in their sane mind would do: keep driving on their lane. Remember that the animals were on the road's shoulder, way outside their driving path. They didn't pose any danger whatsoever to the drivers' safety. On the other hand, six percent went out of the driving lane to run over the animals. Think about that: sixty out of one thousand drivers actually went out of their way to kill a living thing that didn't represent any danger to their lives—and risking their own lives in the process, no less. Six percent were just cruel because they could be.

Of those drivers, what were 89 percent of them driving?

SUVs.

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