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May 13, 1968


JAMA. 1968;204(7):625. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140200065022

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Everything season and every season has its sport. Football, basketball, and hockey have come and gone. Baseball is nicely under way, and will continue well into next fall's football season. It would seem, then, that sports are pretty well covered for the rest of the spring and summer. Or are they? Come the Memorial Day holiday, unfortunately, the most deadly national sport of all will begin. The game will be replayed on Independence Day, and it will climax on the Labor Day weekend. We speak of getting on to the nation's highways and driving.

Just as every season has its sport, every sport has its score. Predicting that score has always been a favorite pastime of armchair spectators and players alike. For some years now the National Safety Council has cooperated by predicting the scores of summer holiday weekends in terms of dead and injured in highway accidents. News broadcasters