Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Traffic Safety: A Stupid Wall Street Journal Article Containing Important Data

Almost thrown clear...

Alan: For the first half of my life, large numbers of Americans opposed obligatory seat belts, arguing that they wanted to be "thrown clear of the car." Notably, there is not a race driver in the world who does not immediately buckle up when s/he drives a street vehicle.


More regulation doesn't always mean more safety. "Every month lost to regulatory gridlock causes real harm. Human error causes more than 90% of car accidents, leading to more than 30,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. The economic cost of accidents is more than $200 billion a year, representing more than 2% of GDP. Self-driving cars will create more safety than the regulatory approach based on the Ralph Nader critiques of the 1960s, which were flawed by the conceit that more regulation meant more safety." L. Gordon Crovitz in The Wall Street Journal


The total number of annual murders in the "United" States is half the number of Americans killed in auto accidents each year. (And half the number of firearm suicides.)

What's more, the U.S. traffic fatality rate is twice that of Europe.

Every year, the United States could prevent as many traffic deaths as the total number of American murders by the simple expedient of duplicating European laws, regulations and norms as they relate to vehicular transportation.

Do you know why you've never heard about 15,000 preventable traffic fatalities but you get lathered over 7000 black-on-black killings?

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