Lies, Damn Lies, and NHTSA

I don’t enjoy blogging about “alcohol related fatalities.” Every fatality is tragic, and there are real people behind the numbers. However, I don’t believe in using fear to destroy the Constitution and that is what these numbers represent.

Here are NHTSA’s numbers for 2006. An alleged .08% drop in alcohol related fatalities.

How do you know those numbers are an illusion? Here is how NHTSA calculates those numbers. NHTSA invented a formula to provide “missing” BAC data. The NHTSA explanation of this formula is 28 pages long. My last statistics class was 9 years ago so I can’t make heads or tails out of it.

Just remember, there are 3 types of lies.


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