Road Deaths increase in NW

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Re: Road Deaths increase in NW

Postby Mike Sales » 7 Sep 2020, 7:54pm

Jdsk wrote:That's what I'm saying.

So in this report the metric was number of deaths in six months or whatever. And if you wanted to compare that with another observation that was over a year then you'd normalise both to deaths/ year or deaths/ month. Or some other unit of time.

Deaths per capita isn't useful without that time element.

Jonathan


Well, of course. Did that need saying?

It was stated in the report that the comparison was with "the same period last year."
What changed was the volume of traffic. And the number of casualties.

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Re: Road Deaths increase in NW

Postby Mick F » 7 Sep 2020, 7:56pm

axel_knutt wrote:Smeed's Law.
Smeed's Law?
Wot's that then?

Looked it up. :wink:



Smeed had a fatalistic view of traffic flow. He said that the average speed of traffic in central London would always be nine miles per hour, because that is the minimum speed that people will tolerate.

Intelligent use of traffic lights might increase the number of cars on the roads but would not increase their speed. As soon as the traffic flowed faster, more drivers would come to slow it down.....Smeed interpreted his law as a law of human nature.

The number of deaths is determined mainly by psychological factors that are independent of material circumstances. People will drive recklessly until the number of deaths reaches the maximum they can tolerate. When the number exceeds that limit, they drive more carefully.

Smeed's Law merely defines the number of deaths that we find psychologically tolerable.
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Re: Road Deaths increase in NW

Postby Mike Sales » 7 Sep 2020, 8:00pm

Mick F wrote:
axel_knutt wrote:Smeed's Law.
Smeed's Law?
Wot's that then?

Looked it up. :wink:



Smeed had a fatalistic view of traffic flow. He said that the average speed of traffic in central London would always be nine miles per hour, because that is the minimum speed that people will tolerate.

Intelligent use of traffic lights might increase the number of cars on the roads but would not increase their speed. As soon as the traffic flowed faster, more drivers would come to slow it down.....Smeed interpreted his law as a law of human nature.

The number of deaths is determined mainly by psychological factors that are independent of material circumstances. People will drive recklessly until the number of deaths reaches the maximum they can tolerate. When the number exceeds that limit, they drive more carefully.

Smeed's Law merely defines the number of deaths that we find psychologically tolerable.


These are interesting speculations, I find them productive.
The Law itself is not derived from these ideas, but from observation.

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Re: Road Deaths increase in NW

Postby Mike Sales » 7 Sep 2020, 8:26pm

Jdsk wrote:Please could we now return to whether the observed change is as predicted by "Smeed's Law" or the opposite?

Jonathan


As I understand Smeed's Law, it predicts that a lower traffic density will result in a higher casualty rate per vehicle mile. This may well be an increase in casualty rate per head of population, or not.
In it interesting that the much lower number of vehicles in the 1930s caused a much higher road death rate in absolute numbers, and obviously per vehicle.