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Monday, 11 January 2010

Road Safety's 200 to 1 scare tactic

Just like their 'Speed kills' soundbite here is another from the DfT.

'You have a very high 200 to 1 chance of being killed on Britain's roads.'

How do they arrive at this? In the small print it is over a lifetime based on between 75 and 100 years which defeats their own point.

How soon will the time frame get lost so it becomes a given that the death odds are 200 to 1? A more realistic time frame is in any hour. This lessens the odds to a massive 175 Million to one. So the odds of being killed in a road accident, on an hour to hour basis, is only 175 Million to 1 folks. Sleep easy.

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