A great editorial in December 30 06 Toronto Star was pointed out to me. About the silent slaughter of traffic accidents in US and Canada. Among other things, it points out that the US would have to lose soldiers for 50 years in Iraq at a rate of 800 soldiers per year in order to match one year of highway deaths back home.
Also there are around 2 million injuries from auto accidents each year.
These truths hardly get discussed in the media or mentioned in things like the State Of The Union address.
That editorial advocates stronger and slower cars, more law enforcement against dangerous drivers and so forth.
One thing it doesn't mention is reducing dependency on the automobile altogether. Public transit is much safer and currently available in many areas. More folks can use public transit now, even before auto makers improve safety or highways adopt slower speeds.
The life you save could be your own.