Thursday, April 06, 2006

Acceptable price?

It was announced yesterday that there has been an increase in road deaths amongst young drivers despite a fall in the number of young drivers passing their tests. It came on the heels of two young drivers jailed for eight years for the death of four girls after their cars crashed while they were racing. We've had the usual hand wringing and waving that Something Must Be Done. But will it? For years, motorcyclists have had to take and pass a Compulsary Basic Training course before they are even allowed on the road, and then take their theory and practical tests within two years or they have to take the course again. Even after passing all that, riders under twenty-one are restricted in the size of bike they can ride for a further two years. Can you imagine similar sorts of restrictions being put in place for car drivers? The perception is that driving a car is a right rather than a privilege, which is why so many people carry on despite bans and the like. Car lobbists will resist any change, citing cost and jobs. Plus any radical change will be seen as political suicide. It seems all round that road deaths are an acceptable consequence of the freedom of driving. The sentences the young men recieved are the exception. This is the norm.

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