November 04, 2005

Get U.S. off o'the road!

In a typical year there are over 40,000 traffic fatalities in the United States. There have been well over 100,000 deaths in traffic accidents since President Bush declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq.

Let's drive safely, people. It's not like it's a war or anything.

Posted by Tuning Spork at November 4, 2005 07:51 PM | TrackBack

I wish I could take public transit to work, but it is so far and with a BART to bus transfer involved, and my son to pick up, It has been impossible.

Posted by: Edith at November 5, 2005 08:25 AM

Aw, Edie, I was being a bit facecious [sp?] about people giving up driving. When you do as much walking as I do, you see how carelessly many drivers are. They look for other traffic, yes, but don't always look for -- or notice -- pedestrians.

I wrote this after reading an AP article about a recent helicopter downing that drove up the body count in Iraq and Afghanistan (yes, AP is now doing a body count...) to 2,035. They saved that number for the final paragraph.

2,035 American lives in a 2-1/2 year-old war. More soldiers were dead before they could have breakfast on D-Day.

I'm just trying to provide some perspective here. There are billions of people on this planet and more people will died for nothing in the next few seconds than have died for Freedom in the past few years.

I'm sure that the Associated Press knows that.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at November 5, 2005 06:58 PM

Yeah, but I really wish I could. I took busses to grade school and college. I really like my new-to-me car, but I'd prefer to leave the driving to someone else sometimes.

Before I had a son, I had a series of carpools going to another job, and they saved a lot of money.

And sometimes I am that distracted driver, after finding out I need a root canal or some other bad news. Good reason not to get a cell phone.

Posted by: Edith at November 7, 2005 06:09 AM
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