To the editor of THE EAGLE:

Several letter writers have warned that my Ride$hare proposal for spontaneous carpooling is unsafe. In fact, Ride$hare would enhance safety.

Nationally, about 33,000 people are killed and 2.4 million are injured every year in motor vehicle accidents (including pedestrians and cyclists). This carnage is directly related to vehicle miles. If Ride$hare is successful in being massively adopted, it could cut the number of vehicles on the road by, say, 20 percent, which could save 2-3 lives and about 175 injuries a year in Berkshire County. (See www. BerkshireRideShare.com for the math, Ride$hare rider signs, and other information.)

Contrasted to the zero incidence of crime over many years in HOV-related stranger-to-stranger carpooling in San Francisco, Houston, and Washington DC, and even allowing for the possibility of an occasional incident involving Ride$hare, it is clear that Ride$hare would reduce overall risk to citizens by a statistically significant amount. Just an educated guess, but the decrease in accident victims would probably be at least 100 times more than the increase in crime victims.

And since teenagers and young adults are at greater risk of being involved in traffic accidents than the general population, they would benefit even more from Ride$hare’s risk reduction effect.

CHIP ELITZER

Great Barrington


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