Transportation is an increasingly important factor in New York, and it’s no secret that car ownership is a major impediment to getting around the city.
However, according to a new study by a trio of researchers, car ownership has little impact on public safety.
The report, published today in the journal Transport Policy and Governance, analyzes data from a nationally representative sample of nearly 17,000 commuters in New Jersey.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the researchers determined that car use has no impact on crime, deaths, traffic fatalities, or assaults.
It also found that people who live in neighborhoods with lots of car traffic are safer than people in communities without any traffic congestion.
“There’s no relationship between car ownership and crime rates,” said study co-author Kristine Lohr, a professor of economics at Rutgers University.
“In fact, in communities with fewer cars, the relationship between crime and car ownership appears to be positive.”
The authors say that the results of their study “clearly demonstrate that car owners do not lead to a crime wave.”
But the study was criticized by the New York Times and others, who criticized it for relying on unreliable data and drawing conclusions based on limited data.
Lohr and her co-authors have since retracted the study, citing the need to conduct more comprehensive research.
They also said they have revised their methodology and plan to publish a follow-up study that examines the effects of the state’s traffic congestion policies on crime rates and traffic fatalities.
The paper is available online for public consumption.