Well, the Feeds have been much smaller the last few days, thank the deity of your choice (I’m going to thank Lady Ghisallo). But while there are fewer dead and injured cyclists so far this week, that doesn’t make the news any less tragic for the ones that were hurt or killed.
The list of the dead and wounded has been amended by this report. CHP asking for public’s help in finding hit-and-run driver Another hit-and-run, what can be done about this? Well as I have posted before, one thing we can do is to make the penalty for leaving a wreck as bad as the worst possible penalty for staying. As it stands now all you have to do to avoid DUI or intoxication manslaughter charges is to leave the wreck site and stay away long enough to sober up, thereby destroying the evidence needed to prove DUI or intoxication manslaughter. I say raise the minimum sentence for hit-and-run to the minimum sentence for intoxication manslaughter, or even the maximum sentence for IM. Make the worst you can get staying at the wreck less costly than running, and people will stop running, because all you have to prove to convict on hit-and-run is the hitting part, and the running part. In legal terms you would have to prove they were driving the car that hit the victim(s), and then you would have to prove they didn’t stay at the scene of the wreck, given the limitations of the laws of physics. Obviously you are not going to prosecute someone that hits a pedestrian on a road with a 60 or 70 MPH speed limit, but stops within a quarter mile, but someone that stops a half mile away from a wreck on a 30 MPH speed limit street was probably trying to hide. I’m not a lawyer, I don’t even play one on TV, and I have never slept in any Holiday Inn Express, so I’m going to suggest this to the lawyers as a broad plan and let them sort out the details.
And speaking of lawyers sorting out the details, that’s exactly what Bob Mionske is doing in this installment of Legally Speaking. Legally Speaking with Bob Mionske – The real daily distraction We need to get this guy speaking to legislatures and police groups, when he’s talking to us it’s just preaching to the choir. Bob, if you read this you need to speak with groups that can make changes, not just groups of bicyclists.
And that’s all I have this morning. Keep an ocular organ pointed in this direction for further updates as they reach me.