How many bicycle riders must be killed by speeding, intoxicated, or inattentive car drivers before we start putting people in jail?
Why do we accept “I didn’t see him/her” as an acceptable excuse?
What will it take before the police can shift their thinking and stop calling them “Accidents”?
Seattle Police Department, Washington State Police Department, Kitsap County Sheriff, can you strike “accident” from your vocabulary? If the driver was sipping a latte, distracted by a child, sleepy, blind, or otherwise not in control of their vehicle, perhaps they shouldn’t be allowed to endanger the lives of any more people. It was cause and effect. Perhaps it wasn’t premeditated, but it was avoidable and someone died due to the negligence of someone else.
It is a bigger state-wide issue too. Seattle has tried to push for harsher penalties but has been trumped at the state level.
Is it fair that a life is lost and the only public charge is a traffic ticket? While an eye for an eye makes everyone blind, shouldn’t driving priviledges be revoked once someone proves that they can’t operate an automobile without killing somone else? Cyclists currently suffer a death penalty from motorists who fail to respect the power that they have, and the motorists only have to say “but I didn’t see him/her” and they get off scott free. Is that justice?
Last year, Oregon passed a law that increases the penalties when a car driver breaks the law and injures a more vulnerable user. Washington neglected to follow suit in the same week that Kevin Black was killed when a van driver made an illegal u-turn in front of him. When will Washington wake up and realize that drivers need to see the serious concequences of their actions?