In the midst of all the back and forth about ‘free range’ kids (my thoughts here and here), there is one argument against the concept that is never voiced. No, it’s not ‘evildoers are going to snatch your children’ paranoia. It’s one that seems pretty legitimate to me.
That is, children running about by themselves could get hit by cars. Yet this argument is never voiced, even though having a child maimed or killed by a driver is far more likely (though thankfully very rare) than the modern-day incarnation of Krampus.
This probably has nothing to do with the suburbs being car-dependent.