As published in the Daily Post.
The Sunday morning Monitor reminded us of just how close we came to killing some children at the Montessori School on Canyon Road. Why? Because as County Engineer Kyle Zimmerman tells us, our safety is held hostage by a few "irrational" drivers.
only do we not control them, but it seems difficult to even know who the people are who are trying to kill us, including another driver who
crashed the same week on Main Hill Road while, according to the Daily Post, driving aggressively and passing another vehicle. Often, we don't even know if the motorists were even cited!
the first level of dealing with dangerous drivers is not to ask the
County to spend more money on traffic studies to change speed limits,
but to arrest and prosecute reckless and careless drivers, put their
faces in both newspapers, and take away their driver's licenses. After all, these are often not
"accidents" caused by bad weather or poor facilities. They are caused by
deliberate risk taking - because there seems to be no risk to being
held accountable by the community.
Driving is not a right. When you abuse your driving privileges and endanger the community, you must lose that privilege.
It's about time we made that stick. Preferably, before there is innocent blood spilled in the road.
Added later, just here:
Indeed, the driver who narrowly missed all those students at the Montessori School could have been as effective a killer as the Aurora, CO shooter. I wish we would take driving seriously. Instead we treat it casually, with predictable results.
In these two cases, the Daily Post told us both drivers were teens. I therefore hold the parents equally responsible for not teaching their children to take driving seriously. Or, for that matter, taking other things seriously. Recently, a teen bicyclist riding on a sidewalk (in a business district signed as private property where bicyclists are not supposed to be riding on sidewalks) plowed into a local storekeeper's door. Fortunately, no one hurt, but its not a huge leap of logic to see where a careless teen on a bicycle will end up in a couple years.