All of which raises some other troubling questions of statistics, and politics, and imbalance, among them: How is it that a social problem
like traffic fatalities that kills 40,000 people a year and a societal cost of $140 billion a year (Burns 1998, 9) is largely excluded from public discussion in the United States?
How is it that the pervasively violent consequences of some social arrangements is ignored while the depravity and violence of others is so readily imagined? How is it that the stories about crack babies and crack attacks, about eight year old heroin addicts and superhuman meth junkies
(Reinarman and Levine
1997; Reinarman and Duskin
1999) are so readily believed, yet there are so few stories written about the countless roadside shrines, and people do not notice that endless roadside graveyard?
Regarding the imbalance between deaths from speeding and deaths from speed, who are the real pushers, and who's pushing what?