Energy: A Lifesaving Benefit of the Crisis

The National Safety Council has developed a somewhat macabre knack for guessing just how many people will be killed on the nation's highways over holiday periods. But in the past six weeks it has got two welcome surprises. For the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, the N.S.C. had predicted 625 to 725 traffic deaths; the final count was 542, down from 679 the year before. Then, over the four-day Christmas weekend, the council counted 520 deaths, v. 595 in the three-day 1972 period. It was the lowest four-day Christmas figure since 1951.

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