Terror attacks influence driving behavior in Israel.
Stecklov G, Goldstein JR.
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University, Mount Scopus Campus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel.
Terror attacks in Israel produce a temporary lull in light accidents followed by a 35% spike in fatal accidents on Israeli roads 3 days after the attack. Our results are based on time-series analysis of Israeli traffic flows, accidents, and terror attacks from January 2001 through June 2002. Whereas prior studies have focused on subjective reports of posttraumatic stress, our study shows a population-level behavioral response to violent terror attacks.