Study: Voting could be hazardous so be careful

CHICAGO (AP) -- A new study suggests voting for president has its dangers -- no matter which candidate you like.

An analysis of Election Day traffic deaths over the last 32 years finds that, on average, 24 more people died in car crashes while the polls are open than on a typical October or November Tuesday.

That adds up to an 18-percent higher risk of death.

On top of that, an additional 800 people suffered disabling injuries.

The researchers say among the possible reasons are people rushing to get to the polls before or after work, driving on unfamiliar routes or being distracted by pondering the choice.

Still the study's authors say that's no reason not to go to the polls. They suggest, "vote, but be careful."

The study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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