Sunday, July 08, 2007

here's a brilliant idea- take a bus

On Fathers Day on Long Island, A dad driving to his sons soccer game was slammed into by a truck running a red light. The innocent Dad- Dead. The slimy truck driver- Unlicensed

Statistics have shown that 16.6% of the 126 fatal accidents in my county last year involved unlicensed drivers. Nationwide in 57,000 fatal crashes in '05,
13% were unlicensed motorists.
I am happy to hear that they are trying to crackdown on unlicensed drivers. In both Suffolk and Nassau counties on Long Island the # of fatal crashes have ranked First and second in our entire State! Yet driving without a license is considered a traffic violation and not classified as a crime! Now, both counties are arresting anyone caught driving without a license who also cannot prove their identity.

I don't think that is severe enough. Especially when many are unlicensed due to losing their licenses for moving violations, dwi, or not paying tickets. Whatever the reason these Slippery bastards are trying to slip by and live above the law, putting our lives and the lives of our loved ones in danger. Politically, I don't consider myself conservative or liberal. It depends on the issue at hand so I tend to fluctuate between categories. But as you've read before on my posts, for me when it comes to driving , I think we all HAVE to realize that a car is a deadly weapon. Driving is a serious responsibility and this weapon and its laws MUST be respected.

The paper said that a local D.A. and a Judge feared that a crackdown on this issue could be perceived as racial profiling because a majority of the recent arrests were hispanic people. I say to them or anyone else who is willing to have lenient laws for fear of offending someone... "Ridiculous"! Ask the loved ones of the 21 people killed by unlicensed assholes last year in suffolk county alone. Ask those grief stricken mothers, fathers and children if they would mind the inconvenience of being detained to validate their licenses if it will keep our roads safer. Any humane individual should be willing to endure the small disruption in your driving schedule if it will help find and keep these law breakers on foot. What are you willing to tolerate to possibly save a little boys dad?

7 comments:

Rob Kistner said...

Seems the slimy slip through the cracks in society far too often. It's a bummer...

Tammy said...

Driving is not something to be taken lightly. That poor family and the thousands like them. :(

Ally Bean said...

I think you are right. Either you abide by the driving laws or you don't drive. Period.

Jane said...

Lucy,

I agree with everything you say here. A car is a dangerous weapon. Think of all the carless drivers on their cell phones too. There are just way too many asshole drivers out there but the unlicensed ones really scare me!!

daisies said...

i totally agree ~ people seem to forget that they have a responsibility while on the road. unlicensed drivers scare me because if they are not willing to follow the law then i wonder how much they respect the rules of the road ... sigh ... so sad ...

Paul said...

Nice to hear about someone speaking out for this. In France they are complaining because the President didn't amnesty speed-freaks when he came into office, like the last one did.

giggles said...

I grew up and was told if you follow all the rules and do the right thing all will be well. I did that, and then realized the law is not always full proof! Good take on the prompt and an important message... Those types aren't afraid of anything anyway. That’s why they have suspended licenses! Victim’s rights need more prevalence. I also think the punishment should fit the crime, make the offender pay restitution or do some constructive involving their offence! I have never understood the system, especially suspending a child from school because he skipped out….just stupid I say...just stupid!!

Hugs Sherrie