A Moment of Cultural Clarity

It is as though Roxana were collateral damage, a human fender bender in the movement of huge trucks and vans and cars through the streets of New York.

“As though”?

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Comments 7

  1. Steve A wrote:

    “…shadow flicker in front of the truck‚Äôs right headlight.” really says a lot about the price of trying to stay “out of the way.” She’d probably be alive today if you didn’t have to “…look very closely…” to see her. And the driver of that truck would have a clear conscience, even if she’d irritated him at the time.

    Posted 12 Sep 2012 at 4:56 pm
  2. Khal Spencer wrote:

    That NY Times article sure raises one’s level of cynicism about life and death in the Big Apple. Or TX. Or NM. Homicide is legal as long as done with a motor vehicle.

    Posted 12 Sep 2012 at 5:51 pm
  3. Ian Brett Cooper wrote:

    “They investigate only when a victim is ‘considered likely to die.’ ”

    So in New York, if you want to hurt someone really badly, and if you can avoid making them die or nearly die – do it with a motor vehicle and the police won’t even investigate.

    “Departmental procedure also prohibits officers from writing even a ticket unless they personally witnessed the accident.”

    So even if laws must have been broken, you cannot be ticketed unless the police saw you do it. Imagine how that would work with bank robbery, rape, or murder. It wouldn’t work, and it doesn’t work with traffic violations either.

    This is the twisted world of autocentricity in which we live. Traffic accidents cause the most people to die, of all unnatural causes, in the entire world – far more than all the world’s murders, yet police don’t even investigate them.

    Posted 13 Sep 2012 at 5:43 am
  4. Andy Cline wrote:

    Ian… Yep. Want to murder someone in the State of MO? You have two options: Run them down while they ride a bicycle or take them hunting and mistake them for a deer.

    Posted 13 Sep 2012 at 11:23 am
  5. Khal Spencer wrote:

    Andy, what’s the latest on the Cherry Street Bike lane? I lampooned it on my own site, but if it was a legitimate mistake, I assume its being erased post haste?

    Posted 14 Sep 2012 at 3:37 pm
  6. Andy Cline wrote:

    Khal… Well, it was a mistake, but the city doubled-down when it added the lane symbols. STAR Team meets this week, so more soon.

    Posted 16 Sep 2012 at 11:00 am
  7. Khal Spencer wrote:

    Sounds like they are entrenching a mistake.

    Posted 17 Sep 2012 at 2:06 pm