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Here in Washington State, there are consultants for the State who keep track of highway traffic. They are careful to report traffic levels when the State Dictator forbids residents to travel to their relatives’ houses for Thanksgiving celebrations. To their horror, they reported that Mobility Levels in Washington State increase while COVID-19 cases reach record levels.
Now new data shows there was a travel spike the day before Thanksgiving.
According to a local transportation data tracking company it happened nationwide and here in our state.
No word if there’s a correlation between mobility and COVID-19 cases, but it’s clear, some people chose to ignore the governor’s travel advisory.
“I expected it to stay normal, I did not expect it — we saw that travel did increase nationwide on that day,” said Inrix’s Bob Pishue.
He’s a transportation analyst with Kirkland-based Inrix, that analyzes traffic data from vehicles and road sensors.
Pishue has been tracking mobility data in our state during the time of COVID.
He said at first, back in March traffic volumes plummeted statewide, but since April he’s tracked a steady increase.
“Public officials will definitely be looking at mobility data to see what’s working what isn’t and how to tweak it, their restrictions,” he said.
If the “guidelines” issued by the All-Powerful State did not get people to stay isolated in their homes for Thanksgiving, will they simply shut down the highways next and allow no travel at all? Christmas is coming, and the enhanced restrictions have been extended through January. I am hoping that my fellow Washingtonians will again ignore the restrictions and travel to Grandma’s house for Christmas. And I hope they get a chance to go to Church, too. I also hope that the Thanksgiving traffic increase means that more and more of us will no longer willingly obey these restrictions on our individual liberty.Published in