October 9, 1972


Author Affiliations

National Safety Council Chicago

JAMA. 1972;222(2):209. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210020055016

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To the Editor.—  We believe some comment is in order concerning the EDITORIAL, "Be Careful with Statistics— They're Fragile," that appeared in the July 24 issue of The Journal.To quibble over who is right or wrong in regard to holiday weekend traffic fatality estimates is to miss the point of the estimates. Our objective in providing these provocative statistics is to remind people that accidental death in traffic remains one of the most persistent and inadequately controlled evils in the United States today.The estimate receives much attention by reason of its association with the holiday weekends. Our hope is that people will get mad enough to resolve to really do something about this continuous, unnecessary tragedy.To quibble among ourselves on the exact number of deaths resulting from drunk drivers, from drunk pedestrians, and from sober drivers is frivolous. Our time would be better spent in exercising individual