Motor vehicle fatalities increase just after publicized suicide stories

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Science  24 Jun 1977:
Vol. 196, Issue 4297, pp. 1464-1466
DOI: 10.1126/science.867044


The average increase in motor vehicle fatalities is 9.12 percent in the week after a suicide story. The more publicity given to the story, the greater the rise in motor vehicle deaths thereafter. This rise apparently occurs because suicide stories stimulate a wave of imitative suicides, some of which are disguised as motor vehicle accidents.