April 16, 2017

Sina-cism: Fear what’s just around the corner

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While roads and cars are increasingly safer, distracted driving appears to be causing a spike in accidents.

What more evidence does one need to conclude that distractions are killing us — drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians alike?
Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

In 1935, Grant Wood produced one of his most iconic paintings, “Death on the Ridge Road,” a dark commentary on the perilousness of life on the American road — and perhaps a commentary on life itself.

In the painting a red box truck and two sleek black cars seem to be headed for a fatal encounter on a narrow country road.

The 1930s were hard times in many ways in the U.S., and not least on the nation’s roads, where nearly 35,000 perished, at a time when there were many fewer vehicles and a lot less driving. The death rate stood at an astounding 15.09 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles of travel (VMT).

Things have gotten a lot better since 1935. Recently, however, the data have veered in the wrong direction.

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One thought on “Sina-cism: Fear what’s just around the corner

  1. Would’ve thought a bus full of elderly church folks dying at the hands of a texter would have had an effect….unfortunately quite a few distracted driving deaths have occurred since then. I do not understand.