Legal Checks and Balances

CC WikiCommons

CC WikiCommons

There’s an initial problem with

motorists and the Highway Traffic Act, how it’s enforced and how it’s written.

That problem is that motorists are sitting in a weapon.

Now, we don’t “play nice” legally speaking, with people who walk around with loaded rifles for hunting purposes then claim they “didn’t mean to shoot anyone.”

There are people who require the food from hunting to survive.  How many people actually depend on their car for survival?

Although a car is a form of transportation, it is a deadly form of transportation to anyone else who is not shielded by a ton of steel.

In over 50 years of driving, my father had 2 minor collisions. In one he was illegally hit from behind. In the other, he gently backed out of the driveway and hit an oncoming vehicle in a residential neighbourhood that caused a dint.

No one was ever hurt. Yet he drove every day through cities for work-related purposes. He lived in a neighbourhood where children frequently played right on the street without looking and where there were almost no stop signs and nary a speed bump to be seen.

Driving a motor vehicle is a privilege not a right.

Public transportation, walking and cycling are rights because people have the right to transportation that they need to survive. That is why there are still laws on the books regarding the care of horses at hotels.  There are still pockets of society that depend on horses for transportation. If the gas runs out, those laws might come in handy.

We wouldn’t, as a society, hesitate to charge and convict someone who viciously abused their horse in public. In the ancient of days, and in some communities, we’d be condemning them to a life of starvation.

A horse isn’t stupid enough to gallop headlong into another horse. Rarely will they even “run over” or go near, a pedestrian or cyclist.

Yet, we find it acceptable to “give rights” to those who are driving machines capable of mass murder. We don’t want to “step on their rights” at the expense of people using non-gas powered vehicles that are more vulnerable.

The sooner we look at the “communal good” on this subject, the sooner we can begin to embrace the democratic process around everyone’s safety

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