There are many things to fear in Tanzania besides Ebola. These include malaria, typhoid fever, food poisoning and traffic accidents. In two of the largest cities in the country, driving--or walking--is very dangerous.
A new report from the federal government shows that, of 29,757 fatal crashes in 2011, 10 percent were reported to involve a distracted driver. Of those distracted-driver crashes, 12 percent involved a driver using a cell phone.
At this juncture we need to accept firearms violence as a public health safety issue, provide for greater federally funded research, and ultimately use the findings to help develop evidence based legislation to protect us all.
Despite all the hoopla and controversy, speed cameras may soon be a reality for the five boroughs of New York City. I hope local law makers and people throughout the country consider the benefits of speed cameras as safety tools.
What breaks my heart about Dr. Whitton's death is less the idea that I could have walked out into the street in his place, or even the thought that my own error could have easily caused such an accident.