Safety Features That Are The Opposite Of Safe

The world is an indisputably safer place than it was, say, 50 years ago. You have layer upon layer of technology keeping the world's horrors at bay. But at the end of the day, safety is an illusion. And this is never more obvious than when that lifesaving technology decides to turn on us in the most traumatizing way possible.

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Speed bumps slow speeding cars. They also slow emergency vehicles. Bumps keep ambulances from reaching their destinations quick enough. A Colorado stuFor details, read The 5 Most Popular Safety Laws (That Don't Work)

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Breast exams catch lumps, sure. But they don't save lives, overall. Women who do self-exams are more likely to get biopsies, but they're almost twice For details, read 5 Popular Safety Measures That Don't Make You Any Safer

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Bike helmets protect your head. But drivers are more likely to hit you. When cyclists wear safety equipment such as helmets, people in cars give them For details, read 5 Popular Safety Measures That Don't Make You Any Safer

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Traffic lights should protect you. They're the worst way to handle intersections. Roundabouts use no lights. One study saw a 38 percent reduction in cFor details, read Little-Known Driving Tips That Could Save Your Life

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Security questions should thwart hackers. Possword Possword Reset Login Sign uonow But they're super easy to guess. Thanks to sites like Facebook, finFor details, read 5 Things We All Do That Make Hackers' Lives Incredibly Easy

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Three Strikes laws aim to deter crime. Instead, they majorly punish minor crooks. People have been put away for life for shoplifting cookies, video For details, read The 5 Most Popular Safety Laws (That Don't Work)

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Cigarette filters remove toxic bits. But they make you puff more deeply. Thanks to ventilation holes in the filters, you take in even more nicotine thFor details, read 5 Safety Measures That Caused Rampant Death And Destruction

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Think sunscreen prevents cancer? Most types are totally ineffective. Worse, one common additive, retinyl palmitate, speeds up the growth of skin lesioFor details, read 5 Popular Safety Measures That Don't Make You Any Safer

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Some sprinklers mix glycerin in the water. Glycerin happens to be flammable. It's not a problem when mixed properly, but when it's not, it's a disasteFor details, read The 5 Most Common Safety Devices That Can Kill You Violently

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Without speed limits, we'd all crash? SPEED LIMIT 50 Some states tried removing theirs. On the roads where they removed speed limits, fatalities didn'For details, read The 5 Most Popular Safety Laws (That Don't Work)

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Schools enact zero- tolerance policies. This punishes the most harmless stuff. Worse, suspending a student increases their chance of dropping out ofFor details, read The 5 Most Popular Safety Laws (That Don't Work)

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Crib bumpers are nice and soft. They suffocate babies to death. That's why bumpers are actually banned in Chicago and the entire state of Maryland. SkFor details, read 5 Medical Myths And Prejudices That Kill People Every Day

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A registry keeps tabs on sex offenders. But this doesn't deter future offenses. The system does isolate offenders, and the restrictions can lead to hoFor details, read The 5 Most Popular Safety Laws (That Don't Work)

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The No Fly List has 50,000 names. Yet plenty of known terrorists aren't on it. And people rejected from flying for being on the list can simply leave,For details, read 5 Popular Safety Measures That Don't Make You Any Safer

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Gated communities try to wall crime away. Crime drops at first then jumps back up. The key is to realize how weak the security actually is. You can't For details, read 5 Popular Safety Measures That Don't Make You Any Safer

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Automatic seat belts were big in the '90s. Wonder why they went away? They fastened shoulder belts but not lap belts. So during accidents, bodies shotFor details, read 5 Safety Measures That Caused Rampant Death And Destruction

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Fight small fires before they grow big? That causes bigger, worse fires. For millennia, it was completely natural for lightning to burn off dense undeFor details, read 5 Safety Measures That Caused Rampant Death And Destruction

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Some drivers pick anti-lock brakes. They're 45% likelier to die in a crash. Unskilled drivers act more aggressively in a car with anti-lock brakes, thFor details, read 5 Popular Safety Measures That Don't Make You Any Safer

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Plopped your baby in a bath seat? Don't leave the bathroom! Parents with a false sense of security turn their backs, thinking the baby will be safe. T

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An air bag isn't a fluffy cushion. It's a contained explosion. It can certainly save you if your car gets into an accident, but it also Has a nasty haFor details, read The 5 Most Common Safety Devices That Can Kill You Violently

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