Predicted Crashes Don’t Make the News…
Predicted Crashes Don’t Make the News . . .
For most of the last century it was common knowledge that hundreds of thousands of lives were lost in motor accidents. Yet even after engineers devised and proved that collapsible steering columns and seat belts could save untold lives (at no extra cost to the vehicle manufactures), the majority of people were still reluctant to use them. In fact, it was only when legislation was passed and folks were obliged to wear their seat belts did the number of road fatalities drop. “Accidents happen to other people” seems to be a fairly general human attitude.
We are all passengers in this vehicle, and FAIR merely advocates that perhaps it is time we buckled up ourselves.
Another frequent example would be when reported dangerous intersections only get media attention (and subsequent implementation of traffic lights) after a fatality. The cogs of bureaucracy, red tape, basic denial, and the same public reluctance to get involved are all contributing factors in most cases where impending disasters could have been avoided. We may be aware of a threat, we may even be in a position to do something about it, but history has shown that far too often, we have a tendency to wake up after the event. FAIR’s point is simply this: we are all involved, and we do have the ability to do something. We, the public, can support the erection of a celestial traffic light before the impact.