Monday, 12 December 2011

One For The Road?

An alarming story from the Daily Telegraph about drivers who killed after wrongly getting their licence back following a drink driving ban. According to the Telegraph, “almost 8,000 drink drivers have been handed back their driving licences without proper checks including two who went on to kill in subsequent motoring accidents.” Behavioural economics shows that people are really bad at assessing risks, and the fact that something like driving is so familiar makes it much more likely that we will underplay the risk. All those drunk drivers aren’t going to help the odds. Something else to consider next time you jump in a car.

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