Highway casualties




Ross Rogers, Jr. sends an article from  Common Sense (9/3/04) from which here is an excerpt: One would think fewer Americans dying on our nation's highways would be welcome news to all. But one would be wrong. Remember, we're talking about Washington. You've heard about "lies, damn lies and statistics"? Add politics to the mix and it gets even worse. Recently the Bush administration reported that fewer Americans died on our nation's highways in 2003, the first drop in highway fatalities in six years. It was a reversal of earlier estimates, which predicted highway deaths rising to the highest level in decades.  Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta was a tad ridiculous in grabbing credit, saying, "With the Bush administration's unprecedented focus on safety, we have reduced the number of trips that ended in tragedy." I'm thinking about closing my eyes the next time I drive. Why worry? The Bush folks have my safety well under control.

RH: While this sarcasm may be inappropriate, highway casualties worldwide tell us something about a nation's culture and are a legitimate subject of WAIS debate. An automobile company runs a TV program about stunts its cars can perform. It ends with the disclaimer that professional stunt drivers performed the tricks and that the ordinary young driver should not attempt.them. The aim is to sell cars, and young drivers are sure to try the tricks, risking their lives.  The ethics of advertising is also a good WAIS topic.



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Ronald Hilton 2004

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