March 12, 1955


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JAMA. 1955;157(11):945. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950280069020

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To the Editor:—  During the Korean conflict, more Americans were killed at home in one year by motorcars than were killed in three years in Korea. Of the injuries requiring hospitalization in Korea, only a half were due to enemy action. The other half were due to transport accidents, and of these 70% involved motorcars. Motorcars in the United States kill someone every 15 minutes and injure someone every 30 seconds. We must cease calling these incidents "accidents." They are actually a normal accompaniment of the operation of high-speed machinery by human beings. This is borne out by the experience that on such ideal traffic arteries as the Pennsylvania Turnpike and similar modern highways, in spite of nearly ideal traffic conditions, deaths and injuries still occur.Although there is probably not an airplane seat in the world today that is not equipped with a safety belt, this simple device is

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