This Is Progress? It’s Bloody Carnage

Traffic Deaths at Lowest Level Since 1949, NHTSA reports.

So says the headline on the story in the Washington Post on 8 May 2012. And what a relief it is to know that only 32,310 men, women, and children died in car crashes on American roads in 2011.

We hear almost nothing about the casualties on our roads. But the number of human beings killed in automobile accidents in 2011 in the United States is higher than the number of American military personnel wounded in Iraq since the conflict began in March of 2003. According to the official statistics of the US Department of Defense, from 19 March 2003 to 8 May 2012, the United States armed forces sustained 31,924 wounded in Iraq.

Why don’t we as a nation get more worked up about this continuing massacre on our roads and highways? Are we so afraid we might have to pay more in taxes to fix all the problems with our highways that we would prefer all these people die? I guess so.

[Sources: Washington Post and the US Department of Defense.]

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Charles McCain

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