"Benedict Effect" – not neccessary, already exists

Stephen Dubner wonders whether the Vatican’s 10 Commandments for Driving might prompt an analogue to the Peltzman effect, and make these drivers take more risks because they feel more protected.

I assert that this wasn’t necessary. I grew up a fundie Christian. I had observed as early as about age 17 that the stronger a driver’s faith was, the more reckless was their driving.

Pronouncements from the Vatican aren’t necessary for this particular effect, it seems – just a firm, unshakable belief in the afterlife as a better place.

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