Chad Perrin: SOB

2 June 2008

See Dick.

Filed under: Miscellaneous — apotheon @ 08:04

See Dick drink.

See Dick drive.

See Dick plow through a group of cyclists in a bicycle road race, killing one and hospitalizing three others.

Caution: The photo shows the moment of impact between the vehicle and the group of cyclists. You can’t see blood, but it might make you queasy — especially if you’re the type of person, like me, who has a bicycle in the one to five thousand dollars range of value.

tragic

EDIT: Thanks to Brian for finding another copy of the image after the Flickr account where I found it disappeared. It accompanies a CNN story about the incident.

The Flickr caption indicated that the cyclists on the scene sought to dispense a little justice of their own, but the police officer escorting them arrested the driver — possibly saving his life (more’s the pity).

The CNN version of the image is cropped. The image at Flickr also showed a police car off to the right, where it appeared it might have swerved out of the way of the oncoming driver (thus leaving the cyclists unprotected). Whether that’s what happened, though, was uncertain from the image.

6 Comments

  1. What a photo, though it looks like it’s gone now.

    Comment by Mina — 3 June 2008 @ 01:59

  2. So much for that.

    Comment by apotheon — 3 June 2008 @ 09:11

  3. So obviously drunk driving is a bad thing but I always find it odd how much more disapproval it generates than other kinds of careless driving.

    I mean a long term drinker who is just barely over the legal limit who kills someone in an accident receives the full force of societies anger but a middle aged mother driving after a sleepless night who gets into the same kind of accident barely warrants a tut-tut. This occurs despite the fact that the sleepy mother was probably a greater danger on the road.

    While it’s true that drunk driving does kill more people than fatigue according to official statistics NHTSA itself admits that the true death toll from fatigue is radically under reported. Once that is taken into account it’s not that much less than the number of drunk driving deaths. So while it may be justified to make drunk driving a higher policy priority but the evidence seems clear that slightly exceeding the legal BAC is going to pose less risk than extreme exhaustion.

    We certainly shouldn’t forget that drunk driving is a bad thing but the anti-drunk driving propaganda is as much about the fact that our society views alcohol as a vice as it is about the danger it poses to lives. We don’t view working all night or simply being a bad driver as a vice so they don’t get the same negative PR.

    Comment by TruePath — 3 June 2008 @ 10:45

  4. So obviously drunk driving is a bad thing but I always find it odd how much more disapproval it generates than other kinds of careless driving.

    Me too.

    This occurs despite the fact that the sleepy mother was probably a greater danger on the road.

    Well . . . I don’t know that I’d say she’s a “greater danger”. I know for a fact that after a sleepless night I’m far less of a danger than I would be if I was drunk. Missing sleep for one night has a much more variable effect on the safety of one’s driving than being actually drunk. Sure, “driving under the influence” starts in the neighborhood of 0.08 BAC, which can also be pretty variable. It’s just not as variable.

    As far as I’m concerned, though, it’s the level of impairment that should be punished — not the supposed cause.

    The real problem here is that the law is applied like it often is — arbitrarily. There are times that dangerous impairment is legal, and times that no effective impairment at all is punished — because all our criteria are quantitative, not qualitative.

    There’s another problem that bears directly on this, too: the law is far too specific. It’s not impairment that’s illegal — it’s drinking. It’s not acting in a manner likely to end lives that’s illegal — it’s the number of lives that just happen to get in the way. When the law gets that specific, special interest groups are going to make the law ridiculous, the way it does with the witch-hunt for drinkers and the free pass that many other impaired drivers get.

    Comment by apotheon — 4 June 2008 @ 09:50

  5. BTW, CNN has a story on the accident (with the photo). Pretty horrific.

    Comment by Brian Martinez — 4 June 2008 @ 12:33

  6. Thanks for the link, Brian.

    Comment by apotheon — 4 June 2008 @ 01:40

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