Driver punishments should fit the crime
Hats off to the Wall government for finally doing something to alleviate the carnage on our streets and highways. Alcohol and drugs are one impairment, phones or distractions of any kind including the vast array of digital stuff are also impairments, but the worst impairment of all is the one most overlooked — stupidity!
Driving trucks and buses for 50 years, I have pretty much seen every aspect of stupidity you can imagine. It’s the same people who can’t walk and chew gum, who can’t drive and talk. Last time I checked, driving was still a privilege, not a “right.” It if were up to me, driver’s licences would be federal, like our PAL (gun licences). Then PROPER training that includes classroom and videos, applied to all drivers. Then all “at-fault” accidents would result in mandatory suspensions of, say, three months to life. Then anyone causing a fatality would get manslaughter, because it would no longer be an “accident.” And that person would never drive again!
Forget putting the car in “jail” ( bad car, kick kick). That’s stupid. Anyone causing a fatality while suspended and/or committing a crime such as theft would hang.
Sound radical? Just talk to any mother who had to ID the mangled body of her beautiful daughter, or the adults with only vague memories of their sister or parents. They will tell you what is radical! Ross Hingston, Landis