The Covid and defund police situation has caused many problems in terms of crime. There has been one study indicating a correlation between increase crime and crashes. It is not hard to see. Shoplifting, shootings. Car jacking in broad daylight, stealing cars for "fun"”, etc. A lot of crime has car use in them.
People ask why car culture is dying. It is being helped along by car journalists. They have become not far removed from the vapid-in-the-background guitar-strumming infomercials for insurance companies that tell you much you’ll save by buying something you neither need nor want but which they have managed to maneuver the government into forcing you to buy from them.
Legislation is commonly used to codify public policy, whether good, bad, or indifferent. Perhaps more than you might expect, bills introduced in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures can have undue influence on how we drive, where we drive, and what controls are in place to punish offenders.