Rev. Bret Lortie speaking.
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Sunday, October 5, 9:30am
Do people take greater risks if safety measures are in place? An observed effect of human behavior is that people tend to adjust their behavior in response to the perceived level of risk, behaving less cautiously where they feel more protected. Thus, seatbelts, bicycle helmets, antilock brakes, safer skydiving gear and free condoms have often failed to achieve their goals of lowering accident rates or contracting HIV. Safety measures in sports often just mean a rougher game, without a significant reduction in injuries. After a data review, we will discuss if safety interventions intended to reduce risk are likely to accomplish this purpose. Discussion Leader: Scot Campbell
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