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Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2004 18:42:47 GMT
From: th <>
Subject: Re: Do You Have A Glove Box?

Everett M. Greene wrote: > th <> writes: > > >>We had a similar discussion about this topic last year IIRC, where I >>tried to show that traffic accident statistics clearly indicate that the >>Swedish model leads to significantly lower fatal accident rates. Both >>Saab and Volvo live in this climate of what we call "zero vision", i.e. >> there shall be no persons killed in traffic accidents. This vision >>affects both the design of roads as well as the design of the cars. In >>real traffic situations the Saab 9-5 is the safest car all categories >>(maybe except for those driving around in a tank or something similar). >> >>NHTSA doesn't seem to care very much about the US public as several of >>their recommendations are clearly influenced by strong industrial and >>political interests, instead of what seems to be best from a scientific >>point of view. Maybe this statement is somewhat strong, but it is >>strange to see how obviously incorrect recommendations appear from a >>public department. >> >>It is a big difference in having "the goal of reducing fatalities and >>injuries on our nationís roads and highways" (from NHTSA web site, quite >>difficult to find a clear vision somewhere) compared with "Sweden¥s >>long-term road safety goal is that there should be no fatalities or >>serious injuries in road traffic. This goal was approved by the Swedish >>Parliament in 1997 and is based on the 'Vision Zero' program" (from the >>Swedish Road Administration web site) > > > Without getting into a heated discussion about who influences > what, where, and how, there would be seem to be a point of > diminishing returns where it becomes unacceptably expensive > to prevent the last accident/injury/fatality/whatever. We > are all mortal, so applying infinite resources will not ever > prevent our eventual deaths. If we apply sufficient resources, > we can all die healthy, though. Of course you are correct, what I was trying to highlight was the difference in attitude from the two administrations, which then seems to reflect in the way the public is educated and acting in real life situations. -- th

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