Crossfire in the Crosswalks
There’s been a lot of news about conservative commentator (e.g., Crossfire) Robert D. Novak’s recent (non-fatal) striking of a pedestrian in Washington, D.C. There’s a lot to mull over there: The victim, for example, was 86, and it’s older people who disproportionately get struck on foot in traffic. The driver is himself 77, and older drivers (drivers over 65 will number 40 million by 2020) are right up there with teens for risk factors on the road (for different reasons).
The fact that Novak claimed not to have known he struck the man would imply he was either distracted by a cell-phone conversation, or perhaps lacks the sufficient situational awareness to even be on the roads.
In either case, Novak walked away with a $50 fine — and it’s unclear if this would have been any different had the man been killed (it often doesn’t matter under “accidental” deaths — some mystery writer once used this in a book as the perfect way to murder someone). One thing that stands out is a story from last year about D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh’s attempts, in the wake of a rash of pedestrian fatalities, to raise the penalty for striking a pedestrian to $500 (not that this would have much difference for Novak). Ironically, this was just touched upon again last week, with a plan as well to raise the number of points added to one’s driving record (and please do note the earlier “traffic school” entry).
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