9/11 led to 1,500 deaths on US roads: study

14th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

14 June 2006, BERLIN - Americans' fear of flying after the September 11, 2001 attacks led to more than 1,500 road fatalities because millions of Americans made long journeys by road instead of by air, German scientists said Tuesday.

14 June 2006

BERLIN - Americans' fear of flying after the September 11, 2001 attacks led to more than 1,500 road fatalities because millions of Americans made long journeys by road instead of by air, German scientists said Tuesday.

The study compared the perceived risk of being killed in a hijacking with the much greater risk of dying in a highway crash.

For months after the suicide-hijacks, which cost about 3,000 lives in all, US road tolls were much higher because of the increase in traffic. The study assessed the effect at 1,595 road deaths in all.

"That's six times as many as the passengers on the four planes who were killed on September 11, 2001," said Professor Gerd Gigerenzer. The four Boeing airliners had had a total of 265 people on board.

Gigerenzer heads the Max Planck Institute for Education Research in Berlin and the study was published in the journal Risk Analysis.

He said it was very difficult to prevent people being killed by terrorists, but public education about the greater chance of dying on the roads than in the air could have saved many highway victims.

DPA

Subject: German news

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