National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Study on VMT
A recent study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that increased VMT was associated with increased noise exposure, as well as an increased risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Other studies have shown that traffic noise may also be linked to children’s cognitive impairments, sleep disturbances, and other health problems. While the exact mechanisms by which traffic noise leads to these health effects are not yet fully understood, it is clear that there is a need for further research on this topic. In light of these findings, policymakers need to consider the potential health impacts of increased VMT when making decisions about transportation policy. In addition, it is important for individuals to be aware of the potential risks associated with exposure to traffic noise and to take steps to minimize their exposure when possible.