Does This Make Sense?
So, I drive by this highway department information sign every day and a lot of times it bears this data. Note that this changes from time to time, but this is what was displayed yesterday
"_____ Highway Deaths In Missouri This Year. 54% Unbuckled."
I've never excelled at math, reasoning skills or "thinking" in general, but to me this doesn't exactly seem to be a ringing endorsement for seat belt use, telling me my chances of dying in an accident are pretty much equal whether I wear a seat belt or not.
Now, if it said something like "80% unbuckled," that would make more sense. I've never seen the "unbuckled" number even get up into the 60% range.
Along the same lines, I find myself thinking, "Well, with the 46% of people wearing seatbelts who died, they'd done about all they could safetywise with wearing their belts, but of the 54% who were unbuckled, how many of those were in crashes so bad they would have died even if they were buckled?"
What's your take on this? Am I just analyzing it wrong? Even though they are what they are, these numbers don't seem to be very "good" statistics to use to promote seat belt use.
For the record, I'm a seat-belt user.