“It’s time we stopped living with roads that are killing us.”
But we have a very large blind spot. In 2008 and 2009, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for Americans ages 8 to 34, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration analysis. We rightly demand explanations and corrective action after crashes of trains, boats and airplanes. Why not for cars, the most dangerous things in the lives of the children Hwang nurtured at her school?
Where does the blame rest? The sad fact is that we — our society as a whole — created this problem. That’s because we relentlessly build communities that aren’t safe to walk in.