Three years and 10 minute of work later.
Even though the spike in traffic deaths is concerning, reporting should not be wrong.
On the road with facts and representations about auto fatalities.
Don't drive distracted, okay? Now for some more updated facts. (Follow the whole series under the texting tag.) The Diane Rehm show on NPR (Washington station WAMU) did another full episode on the perils of distracted driving. The extremely misleading title of the episode was, "Distracted Driving: What It Will Take To Lower Fatalities." The…
Using phones while driving is dangerous and should stop. But the focus on this issue distracts us from other dangers in driving (which have -- you'd never believe from the news -- declined rapidly in recent decades). And it distracts us from the broader danger of relying on motor vehicle transportation. I dwell on this subject because it offers…
Why I don't support laws that target texting and driving.
Fascination with using data to tell stories runs up against the need to tell stories in the length of a tweet or in one chart, sometimes resulting in data-focused news that uninforms people rather than informing them.
Pulitzer-prize-winning New York Times reporter Matt Richtel is using bad facts to scare people about texting and driving -- which is dangerous, because it's driving.
A rabbit hole of local TV news links leads to a dramatic fact meme contradicted within the same story by a dramatic infographic.
Some people have a deep, abiding respect for the safety of their fellow citizens. And some people don't.