This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Sunday, August 28, 2016


      I don't know about the rest of the country but cyclists being hit and killed are getting a lot of media attention around here.  The horrific tragedy of June 7th is surely part of the reason, and the publicity is probably a good thing.  It helps maintain public awareness and drivers (who are not on their phones) are a bit more aware.

       What has bothered me is the number of hit and run incidents which occur.   I know leaving the scene of a  collision is much less of a penalty than driving impaired or drunk.  Should it be?  Is that the same as concealing or destroying evidence of a crime?  When somebody flees the scene of a collision, they are admitting abject cowardice or concealing another crime they are committing, or both.  Shouldn't that automatically carry a heavier penalty?
       Recently, one of the disgusting perps was sentenced for a hit and run resulting in death.  Witnesses at the scene saw him driving erratically before and after the collision.  He left the scene and turned himself in the following day.  The judge treated his actions as contrite and repentant, sentencing him to one year in jail.  He takes a life, conceals his driving condition by leaving the scene, and loses one year of his own freedom.  How can anybody call that justice?  I think a lot of the effort being applied to improving cycling infrastructure is being misdirected.  We should be lobbying for more strict arbitrary punishment and stronger sentencing guidelines especially when the driver flees the scene.


  1. One year?! I'm not in favor of mandatory sentencing because of the terrible disparities we've seen in how those have worked out in the past, but one year is crazy. A similar sentence was given to a rapist recently (the story made the national news). It seems that sometimes judges identify with perpetrators in a way that makes it hard for victims to get justice.

    Personally, I'd like to see distracted driving punished in the same way driving under the influence is. The evidence shows that the results of both are the same.

    1. I agree 100% with the distracted driving punishment. I do think that fleeing the scene of a collision should result in twice the punishment for whatever offense was committed and should certainly be more than OWIL.

  2. I think fleeing the scene should be dealt with seriously because, when one injures someone, one assumes a duty to help them, at least to try to stop their condition from worsening, and to summon help.

    The penalty needs to be high enough that, when weighed against the chance of getting caught, even the most callous decide they're better off stopping. Even the most drunk. It should also be high enough to send the appropriate signal for how seriously wrong it is to do.

    I would have no problem with at least manslaughter charges if it can be shown that, had the driver stopped and called for help, a victim who died may well have lived. Yes, that means that it would be less serious to hit a child in a busy crosswalk on a bright day, than a cyclist alone on a dark country road, but then it's exactly on that country road that it's most important that the driver help the victim.

    1. Couldn't agree more. One thing brought up is that intense lobbying by MADD and others has resulted in very strict drunk driving laws, but penalties for leaving the scene have not been upgraded during the process. It now leaves drunks with a viable means of concealment.

  3. In the August 8, 2015 hit-skip case in Montague, the "person with knowledge of the incident" turned himself in on August 11. Along with whatever substances he was on leaving his system, there may have been tampering with evidence during that interim.
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