Tech & Science Fans of the Fast and Furious franchise, take caution: Viewing film sequences of aggressive driving may promote similar unsafe driving habits, a researcher has found. In an analysis of the city of Edmonton’s driving infractions and speeding incidents, a University of Alberta doctorate student found that the number of infractions and miles per hour over the speed limit spiked immediately after the release of Furious 7, the 2015 installment of the long-running franchise. Dissertation author Deanna Singhal said movies such as Furious 7 can normalize dangerous driving and prompt viewers to imitate the actions they see portrayed on screen, especially when they’re performed by a “hero” character like Vin Diesel’s Dom, who is often rewarded for his risky driving. “The behaviors are performed with not a lot of negative consequences,” Singhal told Newsweek. “There are quite extensive crashes and people get out and just walk away, and that’s not usually what happens.” Recommended Slideshows 30 In Pictures: Fujitsu Forum, One of Tokyo’s Biggest Tech Shows 35 34 Must-Have Apps 67 The Best Pictures Ever Taken in Space In one test, students at the Canadian university were shown one of three 15-minute videos, designed to promote either aggressive driving, safe driving… Read full this story
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