More should be done to improve road safety

info@islandpacket.comApril 16, 2013 

Ross Glatzer, a friend, a civic leader in Sun City Hilton Head and a gentleman to all who know him, was seriously injured April 1 in an accident on U.S. 17.

I hope he fully recovers from this serious accident, but at the same time, I have to wonder why people seem to accept motor vehicle accidents as part of our everyday life. Why isn't there more public outrage about all of these accidents, injuries and deaths occurring each year on our roads? There seems to be plenty of outrage with gun violence and outrage about fighting for freedom but somehow not about highway killings.

In 2010, there were an estimated 5,419,000 automobile crashes in the United States, killing 32,885 people and injuring 2,239,000 persons. In 2011, 32,367 people were killed on our roads. For the first nine months of 2012, 25,580 people were killed on our roads in automobile accidents. Seventy percent of the crashes involved alcohol or drugs.

Why have the politicians, including the president and Congress, spent so much time trying to stop or stifle the possession of legally owned pistols and rifles and done nothing about stopping the tremendous carnage on our highways. How about some congressional investigations and studies aimed at solving all of these unnecessary accidents and deaths by motor vehicles. How about just changing our culture and slowing down.

Arthur I. Trager

Sun City Hilton Head

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