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Steps need to be taken to reduce traffic fatalities


To The Editor:

My inspiration for this: the fact all war deaths since 1775 total 1.3 million... all highway deaths since 1900 total 3.9 million... three times the fatalities in less than half the time and we are thus creating our own Sept. 11 every month.

We honor our war dead while ignoring highway deaths, so much more prevalent.

And then we spend nationally more than 50 billion to prevent another Sept. 11 instead of spending perhaps 30 billion of that money to install center barriers on our two-lane highways to prevent head-on collisions ... and in the interim reduce speed limits on such roads to 40 until they are made safer.

The thought300,000 people have died on American highways since the 3,000 that died on Sept. 11 is for me infuriating.

When we drive in the same pattern as in past year,s we become part of a predetermined plan to eliminate yearly more than 30,000 vital human lives in addition to countless long-term injuries adding up to indescribable heartbreak plus high insurance rates and other out-of-pocket penalties.

There are several remedial approaches... rather than lower speed limits lower the ability of cars to travel beyond a safe speed; publicize properly and realistically the significance of this crisis that so many of us are so oblivious to and that we could absolutely correct if we had the determination.

Would welcome critiques and constructive comments. (I fully realize getting the message across properly is like teaching Shakespeare to a mule.)

With hope for the future,

Richard Carlisle


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