Not for long. Wait till your kids reach driving age. BTW what is the legal driving age in Canada? Same as here?
I don’t need to wait to solve the mystery, Jack. I have Google, I am curious and not afraid to look at the data.
Here is a link to some accident related numbers per race and ethnicity between 2002 and 2006. The result? In 2006 there 42,708 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes. 58% were white, 13% Hispanics and 11% black. That’s pretty much what the race ratio of the US was in 2006. But! What they don’t tell you, is what percentage of each race group drives. I tried to look for it, but all I could find was the proportion of young people holding drivers’ licenses in North Carolina. The result?
There is little difference by gender in the proportion of 16 to 24 year-olds holding licenses (75% males, 74% female), but the proportions licensed vary substantially by race and ethnicity: 83% of young Whites, 68% of young Hispanics, 55% of young African Americans, and 52% of young Native Americans.
It actually starts to make more sense once you look at some of the causes of the accidents:
• “Among children, African-Americana had the highest percentage of unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants killed (52%).”
• “Forty-eight percent of American Indians were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes—the highest percentage of any race and ethnicity.”
• “American Indians and Hispanics had the highest percentage of driver fatalities who were alcohol-impaired, at 53 percent and 40 percent, respectively.”
Now, imagine if there were as many Hispanic, black and Indian drivers as there are white drivers.
That’s as far as the accident numbers are concerned. We have discussed violence a zillion times here, so I don’t think we need to do it again.