Huge toll in car fatalities in U.S. goes unnoticed
reprinted from the Washington Post for the Toronto market – I doubt we will see it here in any of our papers
the number of people who die in car crashes in North America is staggering, even if it is absent from the agenda of most public officials and largely ignored by the public.
When all is said and done and the ball begins to drop on New Year’s Eve, 44,000 people, give or take several hundred, will have died in auto accidents in the United States this year.
In Canada, about 2,500 die in road fatalities.
For perspective, consider that:
* At the 2006 casualty rate of 800 soldiers a year, the United States would have to be in Iraq for more than 50 years to equal just one year of automobile deaths back home.
* In any five-year period, the total number of traffic deaths in the United States equals or exceeds the number of people who died in the horrific South Asian tsunami in December 2004. U.S. traffic deaths
amount to the equivalent of two tsunamis every 10 years.
* The National Safety Council says your chance of dying in an auto crash is one in 84 over your lifetime.
And every day I see someone driving as though they are not only indestructible but also exempt from every form of regulation.