Sunday, December 1, 2013

How Child Road Deaths (and a gasoline shortage) Changed the Netherlands

Radio interview (duration: 11 minutes):   How Child Road Deaths Changed the Netherlands

In 1973, the campaign group Stop de Kindermoord (Stop the Child Murder) 
launched in the Netherlands. It would change the face of the nation's infrastructure. 
Witness (program on BBC World Service) speaks to the group's chair, Maartje van Putten

Related story:  the 40th anniversary of "car-free Sundays" in the Netherlands - it turns
out there was a not-so-happy confluence of oil non-availability with a public safety crisis.

Related to the OPEC oil embargo, rationing was implemented by the government, with
a complete ban of private motorized traffic most Sundays between Nov 4, 1973 and 
Jan 7, 1974.  

Sarah Goodyear wrote an excellent article on this topic back in April 2012. Click here.

"In 1972, a total of 3,264 people were killed on Dutch roads, and in 1973, 450 road deaths 
were of children."

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