Comment 100765

By Jeremy S (anonymous) | Posted May 01, 2014 at 17:06:23

I suppose if someone's walking down the train tracks like they have for years and years, listenting to their iPod, and they don't hear the train in time, it's the train operator's fault the person gets killed?

I'm not denying cars/traffic are lethal and many motorists drive dangerously; that's a reality that has to change. But a view as radical as "every motorist is responsible for every pedestrian/cyclist fatality" is kind of inflammatory to a lot of people. When I was a kid I came very close to driving my bike in front of a bus moving at full speed. I wasn't paying attention and I almost died. If I got killed by that bus, it would have been my fault, not the driver's. I have a hard time seeing it any other way.

As soon as we liken people with cars to murderers or gun nuts, we're going to alienate them because it's a personal attack. They vote, and they won't want anything to do with "safe streets".

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