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I would also point out that -- at least in the industrialised and organised West -- road fatality and injury statistics are fairly honestly kept and the numbers are a matter of public record.  There is not the consistent, continuing history of secrecy and coverups that has plagued the nuclear industry... well, more accurately that has helped the nuclear industry but plagued the public :-)  The FARS database in the US for example is a public resource and many road safety researchers -- including those who are vehemently anti-car -- use it to generate demographics, longitudinal studies, GIS-ref data, etc.  

I don't know of a highway or transit system in the organised, affluent West about which one could say that there was continuing great uncertainty about the number of road deaths over a 20 period in the history of any highway, intersection, or major town grid known to have higher than average lethality.

The public's indifference to the victims of the automobile transit paradigm is imho a qualitatively different thing from the cloud of obfuscation, foot-dragging, secrecy and spin control which seems to surround every nuclear accident.  In a future diary I'll be talking about this also :-)

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Sun May 7th, 2006 at 10:30:57 PM EST
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Of course traffic accidents are available. But how much are they actually discussed. They are just statistics. Chernobyl victims, on the other hand, have become mythical in the public consciousness (possibly, by the way, precisely because of the obsfuscation and lies) and are "known" by everybody.

Chernobyl is a universal symbol of catastrophe and massive death. Cars are definitely NOT the symbol of a modern plague.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon May 8th, 2006 at 03:24:24 AM EST
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