“At 4.25 two car crashed. Opel Vectra with seven (7) passengers and VW Golf with two (2) passengers. The result was 6 injured, three of them died. ”
OK. Read that again. Yes. 7 people. It almost sounds like a joke, right? “How do you get seven people into a Vectra?” and a follow up question, “Just how drunk were they?”
OK, let`s not be too quick on the judging trigger. Maybe they went to a practice session. 4.25 in the morning? On sunday?
Again, the comments are more interesting than the news itself. “Up the fines!” is the overall winner. And I cannot help wondering just what kind of people write such things. What will higher fines do? It`s like a Butalci (A classic slovene literature) scene where they were arguing what to write on a board that forbidd the Turks from entering our territories. Should it be “Forbidden“, “Strictly forbidden” or “Any entrance forbidden at the strickest!“?
Fines never do any good. Or, they have a very limited effect. And seriously, fines only effect a smaller part of the population. You think assholes care about 50 or even 100 thousand tollar fines? You think it even stops them to reconsider?
Here`s my solution to the problem. First of all, all new drivers should stay in the driving school program for at least 60 hours. Yes. 60. Unlike the current situation, where people brag about how they passed an exam with only 15 hours of driving. Second, fines should not be monetary but in the shape of freelance working. With casualites that survived a car accident and are now cripples. Or cleaning up toilets. Or both. Third, anybody caught causing an accident which resulted in at least one death, should get a life sentence. Screw honor drivers, if you kill a person, you have no honour. And fourth, extreme psyhological evaluation for every single person who wants to move around in a 2+ tons of steel. And I mean extreme. We need to weed out the jerks before they can weed out themselves and take someone else with them.
I have a beef with the police on this matter too. They should up their salaries and make them more motivated. I`ll never forget a scene where we were walking home at three o`clock in the morning and we stopped in front of the traffic light, just as a police car stopped too. And then a car blasted through the intersection, and cops in the police car only stood there watching. And as we pointed into the direction of the racing car, they just shook their heads and drove off. I ask you…what the fuck?
If you ask me, this is Darwin of the 21st century.