Although, unfortunately, it only takes one crash to seriously injure or kill someone. Taking away driving privileges after the fact isn’t going to be a solution (although it certainly wouldn’t hurt). Would the threat of losing your license temporarily if you crashed your car be enough to change behaviors? I don’t think so. It doesn’t stop an awful lot of people from drunk driving. The problem is, people never think it will happen to them.
The solution is infrastructure. Uber stops people from drunk driving. Bike infrastructure stops being from being killed by those 2 ton machines. Some sort of technology in cars to block cell use would help stop distracted driving.
As a personal observation, most of the sketchy driver behavior I encounter involves a driver on a phone. I see it every day.
Using a phone while driving is a secondary(?) offence in PA, meaning you won’t be charged unless you’re involved in something more serious (say, killing a cyclist) and the prosecutor remembers to have someone on staff retrieve the relevant phone record.
How is Driving While Phoning (DWP) different from DUI? Beats me.
But I read (on the interweb!) that it’s equivalent to 1-2 drinks.
In our culture, injuring or killing someone while operating a motor vehicle is not viewed as a serious offense worthy of any form of real punishment. Unless the operator is impaired (by drugs or alcohol) or distracted (by use of a phone, an offense that is rarely prosecuted), it is rare for a driver to receive so much as a citation for a moving violation for a crash. Even’ serious’ penalties for drivers who are impaired or distracted come only after a death or grave injury occurs. Think of how often a driver involved in a fatal crash while driving impaired has multiple incidents of prior DUI/DWIs.
Our society needs to acknowledge that operating a 2 ton machine capable of killing is an activity requiring skill and attention. I am afraid that horse left the barn long ago. Sadly, 30,000+ deaths per year seem to be an acceptable price.
Hey all, I’m coordinating the get well Scroll/card thing…me and Buffalo will be over to pick it up later. I will likely still have it in Southside/Polish Hill for another day or so and will give it to Scott when done. PM me if you can’t make it to FR tonight and I’ll see if we can arrange a time for you to sign it.