Dangers of civilian vs military life

4 Sep

This is article is from July 1940 (Popular Mechanics magazine), when America was still watching the war develop.

Violating Safety Rules Is as Perilous as War

Your chances of sudden death when violating simplest safety rules are about the same as your chances in the war zone.

  • A study of hazards by the Northwestern National Life Insurance company points out, for example, that drinking while driving slows reactions fifty per cent and puts motorist and passengers under the same death risk as riding a contraband-carrying freighter in the North Sea for the same length of time.

  • Drivers who ignore stop signs have only twenty per cent better chances of escaping death than a sailor on a British destroyer in an equal period of exposure, accident statistics show.

  • You might as well be in a bombing raid as “jaywalk” across a busy American street in the middle of the block. You chance of surviving the fifteen to thirty seconds between curbs is about the same as in an air raid.

  • And it’s twice as risky to clean with benzine, naphtha or gasoline as to learn combat flying at one of the U. S. army and navy air schools.


One Response to “Dangers of civilian vs military life”

  1. Annetta May 18, 2014 at 12:59 am #

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