There is something called the 9/11 effect and driving. As people avoided the low probability of another hijacking and increased driving, it has been calculated that quite a few more died in traffic accidents.
It's a fascinating reaction.
In 2001, there were 37,299 people killed in car accidents in the USA, with a further 3,031,000 injuries, an average of 1.5 deaths per 100 million miles driven.
In the last 5 years, there have been 45 airline fatalities and 11 serious injuries in the USA and something like 4.5 BILLION miles flown.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.
Last edited by Brian Pfleuger; October 10, 2012 at 02:53 PM.