Yahoo news article
In 2003, 43,220 people died participating in the "American way of life". Here's my favorite
line from the article:
"If we had 800 people killed every week in airplanes, everyone would be falling all over
themselves coming up with a safety plan." said Jacqueline Gillan, vice president of the
watchdog group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety."
...which is true. I think that not only do Americans not want to think the truth about auto
fatalities, but Congress (AKA, a branch of the auto industry) shields that truth from us.
>In 2003, 43,220 people died participating in the "American way of life".I once saw this pointed out in a conversation with someone
>Here's my favorite
>line from the article:
>"If we had 800 people killed every week in airplanes, everyone would be
>falling all over
>themselves coming up with a safety plan."
opposed to nuclear power plants. Deaths form aircraft crashes
are much more likely than deaths from nuclear accidents,
and deaths from driving a car much worse still.
Of course, a major nuclear meltdown potentially could kill
many more yet.
Then one gets into talking about poisoning of the atmosphere,
and that's a good time to pull in pollution from cars....
Is it really safer to live car-free and never fly? Or must one always
worry about the cars and the nukes?
>As a point of comparison, does anyone know the total number of Americans
>In 2003, 43,220 people died participating in the "American way of life".
killed throughout the ENTIRE 20TH CENTURY by plane crashes? train
crashes? bike crashes?
- On Fri, 30 Apr 2004, T. J. Binkley wrote:
> >In 2003, 43,220 people died participating in the "American way of life".In 2003, according to the NTSB, 22 people were killed in airline
> As a point of comparison, does anyone know the total number of Americans
> killed throughout the ENTIRE 20TH CENTURY by plane crashes? train
> crashes? bike crashes?
In the past 20 years, there have been about 3,000 total U.S. airline
In 2003, the Federal Railroad Administration reported 862 total
fatalities, of which more than 95 % were at highway/rail intersections
or involved "trespassing" on the railroad R.O.W.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports 660 total U.S.
bicycle deaths for 2002, the latest year for which statistics were
complete. (If not for clueless, aggressive motorists...)
In the same year, 4,808 pedestrians were reported killed, probably not
too many of them in collisions with bikes or other pedestrians.
And one T.J. didn't mention: For 2001, the DOJ Bureau of Justice
Statistics reports 15,980 murders and non-negligent manslaughters in
the United States.
"It is my conviction that killing under the cloak
of war is nothing but an act of murder."
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