Does the AAA Aid and Abet Manslaughter?

Every year about 4,000 [http://www.wherethesidewalkstarts.com/2011/01/nhtsa-releases-2009-pedestrian.html] and about 600 [http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/facts/crash-facts.cfm] cyclists are killed.

Many of them die due to motorists running red lights. In fact, many researchers believe that this crime goes unpunished more often by not.

As big of a menace to the public as deadly motorists are those who encourage and protect them.

If someone encouraged someone to act negligently in another field, they would be called out for it and perhaps even punished.

The AAA, living the dream of Motoring Exceptionalism, goes unchallenged as they encourage illegal and often deadly behavior.

“There is growing outrage over the millions of dollars collected from red light camera tickets in the District. Now AAA is saying those cameras amount to a war on drivers.”

[http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/03/red-light-camera-tickets-bring-in-millions-86436.html]

I agree that the AAA has a duty to defend their members. But as a cycling advocate, I do not encourage law breaking. In fact I ALWAYS RECOMMEND COMPLYING WITH ALL LOCAL LAWS.

I’m not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice, but wikipedia can be a friend:

“(a) Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal.

(b) Whoever willfully causes an act to be done which if directly performed by him or another would be an offense against the United States, is punishable as a principal.”

I love how the AAA manipulates the situation to make it look like the greedy government is robbing its citizens to pay its bills.

BUT MANY OF THESE MOTORISTS ARE KILLING PEOPLE. DO YOU REALLY THINK IT’S WISE TO DEFEND POTENTIAL KILLERS?

“It is necessary to show that the defendant has wilfully associated himself with the crime being committed, that he does, through his own act or omission, as he would do if he wished for a criminal venture to succeed.[4] Under this statute, anyone who aids or abets a crime may be charged directly with the crime, as if the charged had carried out the act himself.[5] This is distinct from the concept of being an accessory after the fact, a charge distinct from being a principal.”

The AAA needs to be held accountable for its actions. Its members kill thousands of people a year in a system that they help to build then they turn around and defend those killers. For those of us who have not yet been killed or terrorized by law breakers; they make our lives a living hell.

The AAA should continue to push for their member’s rights, but they should do so in a prudent and sensible fashion instead of taking the radical view that it’s OK to break the law and not get punished.

Also, they really need to shut up about the “War On Motorists”. Stopping manslaughter is not a “War”. Every time they use such violent imagery, I think about the countless lives that are ruined for the friends and families for the victims that they defend and I wonder whom is really the victim of a war.

YOU CAN’T KILL OVER 30,000 PEOPLE A YEAR, LOSE NOBODY FROM THE OTHER SIDE, AND WHINE THAT YOU ARE A VICTIM.

It reminds me of the kids that killed their parents then plead for mercy as they are orphans.

Contrast this to the cycling community which not only encourages legal cycling, but some members stop one another to verbally castigate law breakers. There are also classes which teach people to follow the law. Then there are the few law breaking cyclists who get the death penalty.

If there were different laws being broken and if they killed the same number of people, the AAA would be considered a terrorist organization.

I’m not saying that they are terrorists, but their members kill more people in the Continental United States.

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