posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 02:07 PM
The idea of this so-called clock, is ludicrous. It really addresses nothing, aside from being a PR move for visibility (hey citizens, look I'm
doing something). Awareness? I mean, what pedestrian or automobile driver or bike rider isn't aware that traffic accidents can result in fatalities?
If there are any, they shouldn't be anywhere near a damned street or highway.
The problem is traffic patterns, enforcement, weather conditions and stupid people. Mostly stupid people- driving under the influence of
alcohol/drugs, pedestrians wearing earbuds blaring loud music while tapping on a phone and walking blindly into traffic (I've seen in dozens of
times); over the summer I watched, from the comfort of my kitchen, a cyclist furiously texting drive her bike square into a traffic sign. A death
clock won't fix this behavior (which isn't limited to cell phone use by the way).
I read an article in the NEJM this morning, oddly enough about automobile crashes, that had a great quote: "the role of regulation may be
controversial, but the role of individual responsibility is clear."