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CTDL 142: Count that day lucky

Boing Boing ran a link to the story on the mother (who happened to be a writer) who let her 9 year old son ride the subway on his own (who survived), and then wrote about it in the paper. This prompted a boing boing reader to find the link to this government data tracking for automobile injuries and accidents.

What I discovered en route is a treasure trove of car accident data, which can be sliced and diced any way you want it–click the Query tab for an array of very specific variables. (Want to know how many people died in car accidents in Tompkins County, New York, on Martin Luther King Day in 2004 while riding in the back seat on the right-hand side of a vehicle traveling at 23 miles an hour driven by a female living in zip code 60656? No problem. And that barely scratches the surface of the possibilities.) I answered my initial question, then played with the thing for hours.”

[From Knowing the risk of fatality, to the finest nicety - Boing Boing]


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