I despise when the media distorts the truth with statistics by misrepresenting mere correlation as causation. It is a mistake of grand magnitude in statistics to do so, but so often the media and even worse the Government perpetuates statistically irrelevant information to the public. Let me point out some glaring issues with the statement, “Speed Kills”.
The French TGVs are some of the fastest trains in the world, not having killed a single passenger in their entire history. The Shikansen travels over 180mph every single day carrying hundreds of thousands of people in Japan. In Germany the Autobahn is home to many of the fastest drivers in the world, traveling over 130mph and sometimes reaching 180-200mph while driving the system. All of these modes of transport either have no fatalities or are vastly lower in fatalities than our Interstate System is. Which if you take those things into account, “Speed Kills” isn’t just incorrect, it is an outright lie.
On US roads speed isn’t the culprit, inattention and almost nonexistent training is the killer, rooted in the core cause of people not knowing, not paying attention, and being ill prepared for an incident of any sort. US drivers don’t understand car balance, driving dynamics, weight distributions of their vehicles, all things which make driving safer or more dangerous depending on the level of knowledge. The US, simply, has completely unskilled in incapable drivers. Meanwhile Germany maintains a much higher skill level, a smaller amount of traffic, and provides vastly superior alternatives to driving – all which contribute to a lower fatality rate. This same thing applies to France, Japan, and other developed nations.
So stop lying, your parents told you not to as a child and you shouldn’t now.
This is a public service announcement via the Transit Sleuth. Please, do us all a favor and provide real information, factual correlations, and accurate causations. Fear inducing false causes and incorrect correlations do no one any good and absolutely does NOT help provide solutions to a problem.
If you are a policy maker, stop focusing on speeds and start focusing on training, licensing, and eliminating wreckless drivers from the roadways. A focus on ticketing speeding will do at best a minimum of good and at worst it will drive more regular people to drive and behave dangerously as the laws get more disconnected from the reality of the roads.