Speeding in Edmonton spiked after opening of ‘Fast and Furious’ film, study shows.
Does your foot feel a tad heavy on the gas after seeing high-speed chase movies like Fast and Furious? You may not be alone.
Recent psychology research at the University of Alberta showed a significant spike in speeding infractions in Edmonton—as high as 25 per cent—after the April 2015 release of Fast and Furious 7, a film that celebrates illegal street racing.
Deanna Singhal, a faculty service officer in the Department of Psychology, looked at automated enforcement data pulled from cameras around the city by the Office of Traffic Safety as part of her doctoral research.
She examined the four-week periods before and after the film’s release, taking into account any other factors that could affect driving, such as weather, traffic volume and typical patterns associated with a specific day of the week.
"The week after the mo...