Re: Risk mitigation (Was:Re: Mega-Tsunami..)

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Wed Sep 05 2001 - 08:11:34 MDT

Dan Clemmensen wrote:
> Nope. I think the big five contributors (in decreasing order of
> cost-effectiveness of intervention) are:
> Smoking
> Alcohol
> Eating habits
> Driving
> Firearms
> I'll check the CDC web site and send an update if I guessed wrong.
> Note that with the possible exception of driving, the risky behaviors
> are considered voluntary, so we have the classic civil liberties
> problems here: education is the nominal correct answer.

Why isn't driving voluntary? Also, why is it not correctible by
education? Most drivers ed courses are generally rubber stamp pass/fail
courses. I wonder what correlation can be found if you actually graded
students and tracked their driving history?

Furthermore, it can be shown that the vast majority of automotive
accidents generally involve at least one party who is either under the
age of 21 or over the age of 65. The former is obviously a problem of
education and experience. I think that a video game would do wonders
here. With the latter group, you are dealing with aging issues and
insufficient legal action against aging drivers due to political
pressure by the AARP.

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