June 25, 2003

News Flash: Nader Wrong

In an example of good news being ignored by the liberal media if it doesn't serve their agenda, Stephen Moore reports that the U.S. Dept. of Transportation figures showed traffic injury numbers at an all-time low last year. This just doesn't jive with Ralph Nader's predictions of doom from eight short years ago:

In 1995 when the 55-miles-per-hour speed-limit law was repealed, Nader spewed moral indignation. He claimed that "history will never forgive Congress for this assault on the sanctity of human life." Joan Claybrook said that there would be 6,400 added deaths per year and "millions of additional injuries on the highways."..

....Since 1995 when the speed limits were raised to 75 and 80 mph in some states, the death rate on the highways has fallen dramatically. It has not risen. The injury rate has fallen too. It turns out the 6,400 additional deaths prediction was a complete fabrication. The 40 states that have raised their speed limits to 65 or above have not seen much difference at all in their injury rates from those states that kept their speed limits at 55. The nation's roads and highways are "safer than ever" proclaims the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Nader groups, you might think would now be forced to eat some crow and admit that they were spreading lies when they claimed a big loss of life from higher speed limits. No. Now they say that what they had predicted was "as many as 6,400 added deaths." Well, I guess, zero is technically "as many as 6,400." But of course, that is like saying that I might hit as many as 75 homeruns in the major leagues this year.

Posted by dan at June 25, 2003 12:01 PM