Comment 83764

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted December 11, 2012 at 21:47:55 in reply to Comment 83761

In the article, the chief specifically admitted that in some of these cases the pedestrians had done nothing wrong.

Also, you're new to this site - the policy of RTH is not to blame drivers for everything. Humans are humans, and humans screw up constantly. The consensus here is that roads where people live should be fault tolerant of the fact that drivers and pedestrians screw up, and a screw-up should not be lethal. This means putting distance between fast traffic and fragile humans, or slowing traffic down, or barriers, or traffic calming, or better visibility on the road, or something.

Personal responsibility is an excellent personal attitude. Every person should take responsibility for their own decisions and their own actions.

It's also terrible public policy, because you can't make people responsible. Harangueing them does nothing because eventually they'll forget or scoff at all the rules or just plain screw up. For large scales and thousands of thousands of people? That's when you assume all the humans are stupid overdeveloped shaved apes and try to build systems that prevent them from accidentally killing each other.

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