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> The one agency to commission a study on the subject, the California Highway Patrol, found in 1974 that hitchhiking was a factor in 0.63 percent of crimes in the state.

Even if crime was a factor in 100% of hitchhiking incidents, this statistic could still be true. So the authors claim that it's "hardly Russian roulette", based on this, is meaningless.

Given the enormity of crime, just because reducing hitchhiking wouldn't reduce crime doesn't mean hitchhiking is not dangerous.

Right, the correct statistic would be what proportion of hitchhiking journeys result in a crime.

Or, if you want to go the other way and show an absurdly wrong (yet factually correct) statistic, you could proclaim that "100% of hitchhiking murders involve hitchhiking!"

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