Most people drive around what's reasonable for the road. Some people drive insanely fast and some people drive whatever the speed limit is, reasonableness be damned. With normal traffic the latter group combined with the sheer volume of cars limit the ability of the two former groups to have large speed differentials with any of the other two groups.
Now with 'rona traffic volumes you've got the people that want to drive 100, weaving around the people who want to do 70-85 while the idiots who think it's acceptable to merge at 30mph less than traffic speed do just that. The net situation is just one unsignaled lane change away from a crash.
That said, I've seen a lot less aggressive passing because the roads are so empty that you get lots of chance to pass people so you don't need to take a crappy one.
Your speculation about "fatalities [being] higher in areas where there are larger concentrations of vehicles going drastically different speeds" is consistent with what data I've seen. And it's not just about intersections. In some states, ~official policy is that drivers ought to move with traffic, even if traffic is moving faster than the speed limit.
Summary of the report is here:
And the details are here:
"CHP issued 2,493 citations statewide for speeding more than 100 mph, compared to 1,335 last year."
We also don't care about them nearly as much because it's driving fast that leads to greater injury and death, not driving more slowly.
While sports cars speeders are usually going the fastest, everyone's just driving faster. I don't really understand why. The speed limit is now a danger to follow if your head's not on a swivel.
I try to be skeptical of any of those "obvious" conclusions that come to mind. It helps a lot with programming, where the obvious solution to a problem is often fundamentally wrong. (I'm not always successful at doing that, though.)
I can feel my skills have diminished and it feels like I’m sharing the road with a bunch of aggressive learners permit drivers
Hmm, sounds like a paradox
which is it
The number of deaths is down, but the deaths per mile are up.
And of course there's this: https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/dekalb-county/90s-film-tv-a...
And this: https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/atlanta-police-arrest-dozen...
It's not a novelty.
Georgia along with other states have super speeder laws  which throw additional penalties upon the infraction. You can already get charged with reckless driving at high speeds so it all tends to pile on.
Sadly Georgia did  online only driver license testing during the initial lock downs but it appears they are going back to actual testing but I don't think it will be as good as before when those being tested would have someone in the car with them
Far too many drivers think they are better than they are but I believe that distracted driving is far worse; Georgia's hands free law resulted in people using window mounts to place phones in their line of sight which is a horrid outcome
auto start video warning
auto start video warning
That said, yeah, screens while driving is a menace. Not just when you have a phone mount. Texting while driving is built into CarPlay as an in-dash infotainment feature that drivers are actively encouraged to use.
we already have a rule to deal with that: move to the right if you're not passing, meaning if you're not going faster than the nearest cars immediately to your right (forward and rearward) or if there are no such cars, then move right one lane. but it's not enforced at all.
drag racing on city roads is clearly reckless and dangerous and should be appropriately penalized (but forgivable with contrition). however, a lot of aggressive driving is frustration at other drivers' lack of consideration (to the rule above, for instance). distracted driving is the biggest (but not only) component of lack of consideration.
active driving simultaneously solves for aggression, inconsideration, and distraction.
I'm not sure why. The Virus is currently 50x more deadly than cars (in Michigan, for example, about ~100 people die from car accidents each year, but 5,000+ people have died from COVID-19 across just half of 2020.)
Also interesting: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/states/michigan/michigan....
Curious to see how all-cause numbers will be affected.
(data still supports your point - thanks for perspective.)
Of course there is. Society existed before the automobile, it will exist after it as well.