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  • Anonymous

    It sure doesn’t seem like a lower figure as of late.  My heartfelt condolences to those who have lost loved ones in these tragic accidents this past year.

  • Anonymous

    This even takes into account that people are living longer and driving much longer. I know people driving with dementia, congestive heart failure and deaf.  When they inspect your car your horn must work, but its o.k. to drive deaf. Another money gimmic.

    I think all these “new” laws have more to do with money then safety. Let’s face it, they don’t care if I drive my snowmobile, ATV or ride on my husbands Harley 65 miles an hour with no helmet or seatbelt, but they would ticket me going 25 miles an hour for seatbelt violation in my car.

    Now they are talking about distracted driving. Ticketing eating….ECT….

    But, its o.k to be severely handicapped. Have a handicapped plate.  A man in church was telling me not too long ago of all his illnesses. It scares me that we share the road. He is not an elderly gentlemen.  I asked him if the doctor had pulled his license, he said no. Why?  On oxygen, obese, can’t walk, congestive heart failure, recently informed he is a stroke risk. Blood clots in legs. His seizures are at this time under control with medication.  Hmmm……

    I just think the laws are written for the states income. Not for our safety in mind.

    • Anonymous

      Your anecdotes notwithstanding, I think data would show that handicapped drivers are not necessarily safer than non-handicapped.  And yes, I do mind if you handle your off road vehicle or bike unsafely (does this mean you’re in favor of helmets and seatbelts?  So am I).  Sad that your friend can still drive.

      Oh, and it’s not a matter of money.  It’s a matter of safety and wisdom, both all too often lacking.

  • Anonymous

    It was indeed a sad year for one family with the deaths of three people, two in one car and one in another car accident. 2011  may be a very low death rate for car accidents, but for the families that lost someone that does not matter. RIP to all the accident victims.

    • Anonymous

      True, statistics never matter until the statistic hits home. Very sad for those that lost loved ones in 2011. R.I.P

  • I know someone that basically drives for a living that informed me that he randomly started blacking out, and doesn’t plan to tell his doctor because he doesn’t want to get his license taken away. So unfortunately he will stop driving when he’s dead or has killed someone else. It’s scary to think of all the people driving out there who have these sorts of conditions and continue to drive.

    • Harry H Snyder III

      ….and of course you have no responsibility here.

  • Anonymous

    All this discussion and not one mention of the comparison of total miles driven in the comparison years nor historically which would probably suggest that the record is significantly better than suggested.

    • Anonymous

      Fatalities per miles driven is definitely the more relevant statistic.

  • Anonymous

    About 8% of the total fatalities happened in the past week.

    • Anonymous

      Unbelievable.  So many lately, including young brothers, a father and son…  Very tragic.  The roads have been treacherous a lot recently.  So sad for all the families and friends of these people.  RIP…

  • Harry H Snyder III

    New Hampshire, the only state WITHOUT a seatbelt law for adults has the second fewest deaths per 100,000 miles traveled of any state in the USA.  Maine is 32nd.

  • Anonymous

    Even more interesting would be the number of non-fatal accidents.  And the number of “distracted” accidents.

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