His Highness the TibetanMonkey, Creator of the Movement of
Post by His Highness the TibetanMonkey, Creator of the Movement of Tantra-Hammock
8,000/1 Killed in a Road Accident
Every year 1,500 car drivers and adult passengers die in road smashes,
while around 1,000 pedestrians and cyclists die in road accidents.
Worldwide, over 3,000 people are killed in road crashes daily.
9,300,000/1 Dying in Terrorist Attack
In 2005 there were 651 significant international terrorist attacks
worldwide, killing nearly 2,000 people.
Bicycle safety investment: Nearly nothing. Traffic safety: Nearly at
the bottom of the priorities.
Cost of the two wars: 1 trillion dollars. Something doesn't add up
here, right? (besides the number of 1,500 killed a year).
Millions of dollars are spent every year on polio vaccines despite that
fact that no one has died from polio in the US for around 30 years.
You're failing to include the lives saved by antiterrorism activities.
As far as your claiming that nothing is spent traffic safety, think of
the thousands of dollars every car has in safety equipment, like air
bags and antilock brakes, the billions spent traffic lights and other
traffic control devices, as well as emergency response vehicles,
equipment and personal, to make our roads safer. And they safer: fewer
people were killed last year in car crashes (around 35,000 in the US)
compared to around 50,000 in years past, despite the fact that there
were more miles driven than ever before.
Don't tell me we don't spend money on traffic safety.
The key word is PREVENTION. They are working on making cars safer
(which doesn't make them safer from SUVs) but not on preventing
accidents in the first place...
'It's No Accident: The Real Story Behind Senseless Death and Injury on
For more than 30 years, the government has been ramming cars into
walls in an effort to make car crashes safe. The public has been
conditioned to believe that seatbelts, airbags and more "crashworthy"
vehicles are the best ways to protect us from harm on the roads.
Meanwhile, the most basic strategies to deter dangerous driving and
prevent crashes have been ignored. "It's No Accident" provides a rare
glimpse into how the government got seduced by the promise of "safe
crashing." It then examines the major factors involved in crashes
today, including speeding, aggressive driving, distractions (e.g. cell
phones) and drowsy driving. The author reveals that many dangerous
behaviors are now promoted by businesses, and that drivers who kill
often walk away with just a small fine. This expose is a must-read for
anyone concerned about what's happening on our roads and how to stop
A fraction of that trillion dollar would have been better invested in
intelligence or, again, prevention.