A fairer analysis of bad driving would look at regional statistics

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The recent mention of Pittsburgh drivers being more prone to accidents than others may be a little misleading (“Pittsburgh Drivers at Bottom of Pile for Accidents,” Aug. 27).

As I understand it, the analysis was based on a comparison of the number of accidents to the number of residents in Pittsburgh.

It is possible that many of the participants in the accidents were residents of the areas surrounding Pittsburgh and not living in the city of Pittsburgh per se.

This is because our region is very cohesive. People in the suburbs and even in adjacent counties consider and identify themselves as Pittsburghers. They frequently visit Pittsburgh and most of them drive to the city.

Hence, a more realistic analysis of the propensity for drivers to get into accidents would be to compare the number of accidents and licensed drivers in the entire four-county area, not just the accidents in Pittsburgh to the population of the city of Pittsburgh.

SAILESH KAPADIA
Franklin Park

 


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