Guest Post: Personal Responsibility

More and more often, I see people make similar posts to my own thoughts. Many of them write them down differently or even better than I do:

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/15319/a-major-ntsb-safety-recommendation-remains-forgotten/#comment-147190

The law needs is a little personal responsibility. Once people are made responsible for the damage they do, most of them will start being careful. I will never understand why crashing into someone’s car isn’t treated the same as bashing it with a baseball bat or why injuring someone in a car accident isn’t treated the same as injuring them in a bar fight.

In this day and age, there are few acceptable excuses for getting in an accident. 1. Unexpected equipment failure. 2. Act of nature. That’s it. That’s the list. Every other accident someone is at fault, often both. Once you get behind the wheel, you are operating a dangerous piece of machinery. (Unless, of course, you did not intentionally get behind the wheel…) Drivers ought to accept that responsibility for what it is.

If the law were updated in this way, we wouldn’t need to micromanage all of these different laws that vary from state to state depending on whether you are drunk, stoned, on the phone, texting, using an earpiece, not using an earpiece, doing your nails, reading the newspaper, or whatever other excuses/reasons for driving badly people have. There is precedent for this. If an infant drowns in a bathtub or a kid shoots someone with a gun, the parents are criminally responsible.

by movement

(Thanks movement!)

Also, there’s a really nice response to this:

@movement
I will never understand why crashing into someone’s car isn’t treated the same as bashing it with a baseball bat or why injuring someone in a car accident isn’t treated the same as injuring them in a bar fight.

Because we have built a society in which cars are “absolutely necessary” so we think we can’t punish people by taking away their ability to drive as that means they can’t do anything (get to work, go to the store, etc.) Also, since we’re so car-centric, deaths are seen as an unfortunate but necessary consequence, and are also often blamed on the deceased (e.g. if a pedestrian is killed they shouldn’t have been in the way; they are different and abnormal because they’re not driving so they are to blame).

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/15319/a-major-ntsb-safety-recommendation-remains-forgotten/#comment-147211

by MLD

(Thanks MLD!)

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