in light of the continuing carnage on our state, county and local roads involving motorists and bicyclists of all stripes--recreational, commuting, sport, or whatever-- it is long past time to do something with TEETH.
state and local law enforcement agencies, along with county and city prosecutors, have repeatedly demonstrated a fundamental ignorance and indifference to the real dangers that daily threaten us--that kill and maim us--only to have the faces and voices of those who "protect and serve" make such statements as this:
"They were side by side, could have been single-file, which could have helped a little bit, maybe one of them could get away. They have a right to be on the road like everybody else. When you've got 4,000 or 6,000 pounds (of a vehicle), the odds are against you. This isn't the first time this has happened. I hope it's the last time, but I know it won't be," he said.
and sgt. mark casey is one of the few enlightened ones.
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that's just plain fucked up.
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need to make the number one priority of the next legislative session something like the following:
1--ANYone who operates a motor vehicle in the state of iowa, and who is involved in a collision with another motor vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian, which results in injury or death, SHALL be administered all tests for the determination of the presence of drugs or alcohol. there shall be no exceptions.
failure to comply shall be deemed by the department of transportation as a test refusal, and the operator of the motor vehicle shall lose his or her priveleges to operate a motor vehicle accordingly.
2--ANYone who operates a motor vehice in the state of iowa, and who is involved in a collision with a bicycle or pedestrian, which results in the death of a bicyclist, and who is convicted of or receives a deferred judgment to any criminal offense related thereto, SHALL be imprisoned for a minimum of three years, without any possibility of release until such time as the three years mandatory minimum has been served.
or something like that.
i'm just sick and tired of this institutional "laissez faire" bullshit.
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i'm mad as hell,
and i'm not going to take it any more.