Never let a Statistician Drive

Coming back from a trip to Oak Ridge Tennessee to see the neutron facilities. (which are decidedly impressive).

Then Tennessee highway patrol had signs up that said 23% of all traffic fatalities involved speeding.   Therefore 77% did not.  So you’re three times safer speeding than not.

Similarly 27% involved drunk driving. Again you’re almost 3 times safer driving drunk than sober.

Combining them, assuming independence, gets (1-0.23)*(1-0.27) = 0.56 or 56%.  So you are even slightly better off speeding and/or driving drunk than being sober and following the speed limit.

(please don’t drive drunk and fast).

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