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    Wed, 17 Jun 2009

    White Crosses

    [P6160013] The American Legion of Montana places a white cross at the location of every fatal highway accident.

    I passed through a section of road near the Judith River that was dotted with so many crosses that it looked like a cemetery. It really started to rattle me.

    The crosses make me think of a lot of things, but primarily they make me angry that we accept this death-toll as a necessary aspect of automotive technology. It isn't a necessary aspect. Safer cars and safer roads can be built.

    Something like this shouldn't be left to the market to decide. There is no "acceptable" level of death caused by automobiles, but 40,000 deaths per year in the US (over a million worldwide) is horrendous.

    Cars can be and should be made safer.

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