Americans are more effective at killing Americans than third world nimrods?<quoted text>
It is puzzling that approximately 40,000 people in the U.S. die each year in automobile accidents and yet public concern seems minimal. Compare that with the approximately 2,752 who died at the World Trade Center. That was only about 7% as many people who die each year in auto accidents, and yet it was considered to be a disaster of unprecedented magnitude.
Surely, if we were really concerned about human life, we could cut the road toll in half within a few years. Doing so would require much more thorough driver training and testing, including periodic re-testing. It would also require much more diligent enforcement of traffic laws, including laws against drunk driving.
How about reducing the speed limit to 35, except for commercially licensed drivers, and mandating governors on personal vehicles so as to mechanically eliminate speeding? This would save lives, reduce fuel consumption, and elevate mass transit as the travel mode of choice.