‘ Fun- filled’ drag rac­ing is a risk to oth­ers

The Witness - Wheels - - OPINION -

PAS­TOR Fran­cis Paul, I was ap­palled to read your let­ter to The Wit­ness ( which was full of in­nu­en­dos and sar­casm).

The only con­cept that I can agree on with you is evo­lu­tion. Paul, did you stop to think about the detri­men­tal pos­si­bil­i­ties that this “fun- filled” al­leged il­le­gal drag­ster could have in­curred on in­no­cent by­standers?

What if he crashed into a car oc­cu­pied by a fam­ily with in­no­cent lit­tle chil­dren? What if he com­pletely oblit­er­ated a pedes­trian by crash­ing into him or her?

Re­mem­ber, the “fun- filled” drag­ster al­legedly switched off his car lights in or­der to es­cape the po­lice and he was al­legedly driv­ing at a death- de­fy­ing speed. Had this drag­ster crashed into a pedes­trian or a car, it would have been our brave po­lice of­fi­cers at­tend­ing a man­gled scene of blood­ied bod­ies and metal. Use you your wildest imag­i­na­tion to imag­ine that.

I truly com­mend the po­lice of­fi­cers who risked their lives in a high- speed chase to stop a po­ten­tial threat to so­ci­ety, while you were safely tucked away in your bed. It was not the in­ten­tion of the po­lice to harm the drag­ster ma­li­ciously. The drawing out of a po­lice of­fi­cer’s firearm is counted as a last re­sort to de­fend their lives or those of the in­no­cent. The po­lice of­fi­cers fol­lowed their trained in­stinct to ap­pre­hend a reck­less driver.

It is a sad thing that you can re­fer to our po­lice­men as “un­de­sir­able el­e­ments”. El­e­ments are inan­i­mate en­ti­ties that don’t have chil­dren, wives or hus­bands, who anx­iously await their ar­rival home af­ter a tire­some day of duty. STRINI PIL­LAY


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