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From the AT&T survey mentioned in the comic:

When you see the driver next to you looking at their phone, it’s no longer safe to assume they’re texting. New research from AT&T shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net. And surprisingly, 1-in-10 video chat.

Great! Because 32,719 motor vehicle deaths a year — or 10.3 out of every 100,000 people — certainly isn’t enough.


  • nowhere

    Interesting thing on that linked page – over the time for which stats are provided the death rate has been dropping steadily. Around 30% fewer fatalities per capita than in 2005. As I recall from having to study the situation some years back that trend has been ongoing for decades.

  • Alan Barta

    I made a major inquiry into transportation safety. Crash fatality and injury statistics vary annually influenced by many factors. Obviously, when joblessness rises, motorist accidents decline, since a large fraction of driving time involves commuting to work. Doesn’t mean driving is any safer, however, because per capita stats have been stable for almost a century. Improvements in emergency response and medical treatment have increased survivability, but that only transfers fatalities into injuries. There haven’t been many improvements to vehicles, all of which were forced by Congress; though airbags and belts help, accident avoidance technologies will remain luxury options. Most accidents are blamed on alcohol/drug impairment, distraction, and sleepiness. Poorly designed roads also factor into where accidents occur, often when roads are 2 lanes in each direction, shoulderless, and undivided; this leaves no room for avoidance. The clearest route to fewest accidents is to deny, revoke and suspend licenses, but that would directly impact corporate profits and tax revenues, so has never been considered.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.