Women risk more injuries

This article provides the opportunity to discuss the language of uncertainty, 'risk', 'more likely', 'less likely', 'less risk-taking'. All of these need to be interpreted in context. The implication of the first two paragraphs is that a comparison is being made between women and men. In a properly written statistical account, this should be explicitly stated. But other questions need to be answered before the statement's meanings are clear. Is the statement based on absolute numbers of drivers or percentages (either overall or by sex)? Is there an implied comparison with non urban, non congested areas at night? Close reading raises many questions which could lead students to obtain the original report and do their own data analysis.

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