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THINK-TANKS: “UNIVERSITIES WITHOUT STUDENTS”

“Think tanks are seen as independent, but their scholars often push donors’agendas, amplifying a culture of corporate influence in Washington.” Think tanks, which position themselves as “universities without students,” have power in government policy debates because they are seen as researchers independent of moneyed interests. But in the chase for funds, think tanks are pushing agendas important to corporate donors, at times blurring the line between researchers and lobbyists. And they are doing so while reaping the benefits of their tax-exempt status, sometimes without disclosing their connections to corporate interests.

According to the 2017, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, “The number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes has fallen over the last decade. The death toll increased 7 percent in 2015, though it still is much lower than it was in 2005, when it began a sharp decline, or in 1975, when the U.S. Department of Transportation began keeping track.

Fatality rates per population and per mile traveled have dropped even more rapidly. The crash death rate per population has fallen by nearly half since 1975, but increased 6 percent from 2014 to 2015.

More men than women die in motor vehicle crashes. Men typically drive more miles than women and are more likely to engage in risky practices.

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