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Prevention of motor-vehicle deaths by changing vehicle factors
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    More on Robertson's paper

    Dear Editor

    I offer brief rejoinders to Robertson's critique of my comments:

    (a) Robertson may indeed have all the data available for the specified vehicles in his statistical analysis. Nonetheless, the theoretical underpinnings in any such statistical analysis assume an infinite population from which the real-world data are drawn.

    (b) I am not an adherent of the risk compensation hypothesis, wh...

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    Dear Editor

    Point A. The vehicles I studied are not a random sample but all of the specified vehicles in use (except pickups) during the period studied. Therefore, random sampling error does not apply. The paper clearly states, “The mix of vehicles in other countries and the ratios of pedestrians and bicyclists to motor vehicles would undoubtedly alter the percentages but it is unlikely that vehicles characteristic...

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    Vehicle factors: engineering improvement does not necessarily deliver

    Dear Editor

    Robertson [1] has carried out correlational and regressional analyses of data concerning a number of vehicle factors and death rates of road users in the United States. Given the sometimes contentious issues that arise from such analyses, it behoves one to be cautious in what one concludes from this exercise. I list below three issues that are pertinent:

    (a) The degree of precision stated for...

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