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Auto safety vs. airline safety

Was watching a show today called Future Cars on ScienceHD the DVR recorded a few weeks ago. It was mainly about what cars will be like by the year 2030. One of the areas covered was safety and how computers will play a major role in reducing accidents and fatalities.

One statistic they mentioned shocked me. The number of fatalities on the road right now is equivalent to two, fully loaded, 747 jumbo gets crashing (and everyone dieing) EVERY WEEK! That imbalance does not sound right. I'm glad that flying is safe for us, but we've really neglected car safety. I would guess our emotions go overboard every time a major airline has a major incident while car fatalities are just considered a way of life.

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nrubenstein
Dec. 24th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Basically, as long as we're allowed to drive our own cars, we're going to have a lot of traffic fatalities.

Fair trade, imho.
spikejrt
Dec. 24th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
My buddy the flight instructor
deosn't like to drive - says that the standards for someone being able to drive are way too low - too many idiots and too many distracted drivers on the road. If the standards were set as high as airline pilots - the roads would be practically empty & a whole lot safer

Edited at 2007-12-24 05:45 am (UTC)
coryblank
Dec. 24th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
Those figures don't surprise me. Our fellow motorists are driving more distracted and reckless than ever. A stretch of Hwy 12 near Lodi is being referred to as "Blood Alley" due to the number of fatalities on it over the past year. All of the wrecks were due to careless drivers. None of the accidents had anything to do with weather or road construction. Sad statistics.

G'night, Joe.

Cory
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