Boycott Watch
Wednesday, July 11, 2997
Dumb Statistics
Editorial by Fred Taub,
President, Boycott Watch

    Toyota placed an ad on the front page of the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, July 11, 2007 that stated "53% of teen drive fatalities occur Friday through Sunday." Gee, that number is surprisingly low considering the vast majority of teen driving is on weekends. Perhaps the smart thing to do, therefore, is to restrict teens to only driving on weekends, since that us when they are statistically safer drivers. Yes, statistics can be interpreted almost any way you want sometimes.

    On the topic of dumb driving statistics, insurance companies regularly tout that most automobile accidents occur within a few miles of people's homes. What they don't tell you is that most driving, in general, is within a few miles of people's own homes. This meaningless statistic can, therefore, only be a scare tactic to get people to wear seat belts which is a good idea when driving regardless of how far one is driving or if it is a law or not. This is not to say that the Boycott Watch editors are against wearing seat belts, but repeating meaningless statistics merely dumbs-down society. People should just be told the truth - wearing seat belts saves lives. Period.

    Let's fact some facts - if people are treated as if they are stupid, they will react stupid. The Boycott Watch editors not only believe in truth in advertising, but complete truth.

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