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By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted March 06, 2012 at 18:08:46

I can't say that I support the Broken Windows theory...way too much ugly history.

Crimes committed while driving may be viewed as "petty", but they're not. Under other circumstances it would be hard not to view them as "assault with a deadly weapon", but it's pretty clear the cops, courts and press identify far more with the drivers involved than anyone they injure or kill. This speaks to a lot much broader problems with the way we view "criminality".

While I'd certainly like to see aggressive and abusive drivers held more accountable, I don't know that it can solve this problem. It's not out of the ordinary for people to drive several hours a day on average, and at some point human nature is going to take hold. Expecting people to live an hour's drive from work then persecuting them for what they do to get home a little quicker really stinks, and I expect many to be outraged. Far better to avoid the problem with safer roads and transportation systems.

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