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Old 05-20-2015, 01:30 PM
 
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it seems every year during Memorial Day weekend somebody drowns at the lake, gets killed in a boating accident, auto accident

and especially group rides like Harley motorcyclists and also bicyclists?

I rarely travel during these types of holidays or try to avoid areas where everybody else goes for my own safety.
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Old 05-20-2015, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Yes, on holiday weekends where higher than normal numbers of people do things they don't normally do there will be a higher number of associated accidents.

If there are ten times more people on lakes or driving long distances this weekend than last weekend I'd expect at least ten times the number of accidents. If the number of people increases to a point where congestion is a factor, then the number of accidents goes up even more. If one boat is zooming around a small lake the chance of an accident is "N". If ten boats are driving around the same lake, crossing paths with water skiers and swimmers, the chance of an accident is much higher than 10 times "N".

What are we debating?
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Old 05-20-2015, 04:58 PM
 
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the dangers of Memorial day activities

also a lot of drunk drivers on the roads

even if your a safe driver , all it takes is one drunk driver to do an illegal pass / unsafe pass to cause an accident.

just recently I was on my way home from a trip and a group on Harleys did an unsafe pass on a double line going over a bridge and almost got into a head on accident with them.
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Old 05-21-2015, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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Apparently, the OP is young enough that he/she has no memory of the days when the National Safety council ran adverisements calling attention to highway carnage befre every major holiday wekend --with articles in major newspapers a well.

Pont being that we have -- via seat belt use, refinements in automotive technology, and a crackdown on drunken drivng -- reduced highway death tolls considerably, especially when the increased amount of miles driven is factored into the equation.

But I wouldn't hold my breath waitng for the science-fantasyof "self-driving" automobiles to manifest itself. There is a wide gap between what is being spoon-fed to the impressionable on non-technically-oriented talk TV, and what technology can actually deliver to a mass market.
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