05/28/10 141 W - + 9 - 6 Opinions on Traffic Deaths

Today's New York Times has a nifty discussion titled Do We Tolerate Too Many Traffic Deaths? Nine experts offer opinions and perspectives on the subject. Some of the interesting factoids include... It's the leading cause of death for people aged 1 to 34 in the United States... We're the leader in traffic fatalities in Western nations... Driving under the influence is the leading cause of traffic deaths... Speeding is a factor in a third of deaths... One person killed in this country every 13 minutes is the historical average. The columnists discuss strategies ranging from regulation to technology. End of the day, however, we are a nation of cars. Driving is a right, right? And, as author Tom Vanderbilt posits, we as a society are are willing "to tolerate huge numbers road deaths every year." Discuss a desired.

Driving under the influence… Almost everybody publicly says “drinking and driving is bad, mmmkay?”, but in reality, even most of those same people will drink and drive themselves (yes, I’m talking about those in our professions). Since driving after drinking “some” is OK and legal, it’s too easy for someone to convince themselves they’re fine. And if our own people can convince themselves they’re not “that drunk”, the general public doesn’t stand a chance. I would be fine with a .00 limit while driving, but I realize the vast majority of the public wouldn’t support such a law. I can understand the NEED to drive, but why do we also have the NEED to drink?
[rfburns] - 05/28/10 - 09:41

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