2.7% Of Drivers Are Stupid Jerks, Will Go Out of Their Way to Kill Turtles

Written by Lloyd Alter

Grist points to a study where students put a rubber turtle on the highway and noted that out of 257 cars that passed, seven went out of their way to hit the turtle. That’s 2.7237%. Sarah Miller titled their post People will go out of their way to hit turtles with cars, because people are jerks.

That rang a bell; TreeHugger wrote about a Canadian study in 2007, titled Study Proves 2.7% of Drivers Are Stupid Jerks.

They alternated between placing a plastic turtle, a rubber snake, a white cup and a grease control line on the centre of the road. The grease line helped researchers know how many drivers passed over the centre line by mistake. They hid in the bushes and watched 1900 cars, and found that 2.7% of drivers swerved onto the centre line specifically to run over the reptiles.

Fascinating that two separate studies in two different countries come up with the identical percentage. Take take a lethal weapon that is regulated similarly in both countries, like cars, and the turtle murder rate is identical. Take guns, and the American people murder rate is 8.1 times the Canadian rate. There’s a lesson here.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.


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Christine Jones
Christine J5 years ago

I drove around a pigeon on the road and then parked and went back to see if it was ok. I was amazed at the number of people who thought that was very out of the ordinary. The common opinion seemed to be that "it was just a pigeon". I try my best to follow the "do unto others" rule, and if I was a pigeon on the road, I'd like someone to make sure I was ok. Happy ending; it was fine.

Gysele van Santen

the law of karma is real. time will tell for that 2.7%.

Angela Roquemore
Angela Roquemore5 years ago

People suck.

Alicia Guevara
Alicia Guevara5 years ago

Interesting. Would like to know profile of that 2,7% of sick bastards that will go out of their way to kill turtles.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Interesting, thanks.

Madeline L.
Madeline L5 years ago

Yuck! People are sick ..................

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton5 years ago

If they are not looking at the road, what the hell are they looking at? Shame on them!!!

Nimue Pendragon

This doesn't surprise me, people suck. I hate humans.