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US roads more dangerous than Iraq?

By James - 7/8/2006

I read this article from Harlan Kentucky that saddened me and put things into perspective.

An Army soldier home on leave from Iraq died yesterday from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle crash in eastern Kentucky.

Sergeant Jonathan Howard had served two years in Iraq and was on a 30-day leave when he crashed into a car on U-S 119. . .

He was hit by a Cadillac that crossed the centerline and struck his motorcycle.

Police say a grand jury in Harlan County will will review the results of the death investigation and decide of charges are warranted.

Someone who survived two years in Iraq comes home to enjoy some time away from the roadside bombs, the morter attacks, the small arms fire, and insugents and is killed because we give people a licence who are not capable to maneuver their land yacht on public roads. Do I have to mention the irony, or are you tuned into it?

The sad part is that Sergeant Howard died because it was convienent for the other driver. More likely than not, the cager was more engaged in their cell phone conversation, or was late because of poor planning, or some other excuse for driving beyond their ability.

Four recent studies conducted from 1994 - 2004 from the United States and United Kingdom examined the causes of auto accidents. The top four causes are:

  1. Human Behavior
  2. Road Maitenence (Includes debris in the road)
  3. Road Design
  4. Manufacturer Defect

All four studies loosely used these categories and found that human behavior was the cause of automobile accidents between 86% and 95% of the time. The next two hardly register over 5% and defects cause accidents between 0.2% and 0.4% of the time.

Only when we put human life above convienence will we require stricter testing and more training before people get their licence.



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