The World Health Organization estimates that the pandemic has triggered a 25 percent worldwide increase in anxiety and depression. At the same time, several localities have reported a “disturbing trend” in motorcycle crashes, especially deadly ones. One report focusing on Washington state, for example, suggests that there were more motorcycle fatalities in 2020 than in any year since 1982. Many of these fatalities involve speeding, illegal passing maneuvers, or other reckless behavior.
How many of you reading this essay have seen, for instance, a motorcyclist speeding far beyond the legal limit, then going between lanes or outside of the legal