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  • Risk and Freedom: the record of road safety regulation

    Moving house I have discovered 30 copies of this book that I have put on Amazon for £5 – the inducement I need to go to the post office. Below an Amazon review that I quite like. Amazon Review (*****): Risk and Freedom is a book of historic significance. Published in 1985 and out of …

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  • Risk and Freedom – product recall and replacement

    Many thanks to Jim Tubman who noticed that the previously posted version of the book was missing page 89. Further thanks to Jim for inserting it, and adding further bookmarking features. The new, improved product is now online at http://john-adams.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/risk%20and%20freedom.pdf.

  • “Risk and Freedom” now free online

    Now available as a free online download Amazon Review (*****): Risk and Freedom is a book of historic significance. Published in 1985 and out of print for many years it continues to have a profound influence on road safety policy. It provides the first coherent application of the concept of “risk compensation” to the management …

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  • Risk and Freedom: the record of road safety regulation: by yours truly

    Now on sale. I’ve discovered a box with 20 copies, which I am offering through Amazon.co.uk at the original 1985 price of £10. I reproduce the sole Amazon review (*****) below. Risk and Freedom is a book of historic significance. Published in 1985 and out of print for many years it continues to have a …

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  • Risk compensation deniers

    In October 2007 the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety published a Status Report (PDF: 1MB) complaining about my article “Britain’s Seat Belt Law should be Repealed” (PDF: 0.2MB) (published as “Seat Belt Laws – Repeal them?” in the June 2007 issue of the statistical journal Significance). It went on to denounce all those who invoke …

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  • Essays

    http://www.john-adams.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/Cities-at-risk-chapter3.pdf All downloads are in PDF format, unless otherwise stated. DATE TITLE 2016 Driverless cars and the sacred cow problem, abridged version published in City Metic, 5 September 2016 2016 Risk and Culture,  published (2016) as chapter 7 in Routledge Handbook of Risk Studies 2015 Cycling and Safety: change must take root in people’s minds, World Transport: …

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  • A bargain

    From time to time I check on Amazon to see if anyone is buying my 1985 thriller Risk and Freedom – not many. But views about its value vary widely. The act of reading it, and transforming it into a “used” book, apparently increases its value enormously – I would like to think so..   1 Comment Risk …

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  • Open letter to Tom Mullarkey, CEO of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

    Dear Tom Following our meeting at a dinner at the RSA over six years ago I sent you an email (22 February 2007).You replied the same day saying “When I have a moment, I would like to look into this in more detail and so I will follow up on the links you have kindly …

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  • 30 years in the jungle with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

     31 January marked the 30th anniversary of the implementation of Britain’s seat belt law. A television interviewer sent to quiz me about my opposition to the law said I reminded him of Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese soldier who spent 30 years in the jungle, fighting on, unaware that the war had been lost. The interview …

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  • Two methods of transport-safety myth building

    1. Simple assertion. An example can be found in the current issue of The Economist by the journal’s Science and Technology correspondent writing under the name of Babbage (http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2011/02/road_safety).  Babbage notes that the US fatality rate has been “inching down over the past half century” and then proceeds to explain why: it is the result …

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