Guilty of Riding a Bicycle in the Street, Punished by Death
Well Put WTF?
He was riding his bicycle in the street. That seems to have contributed to this. It’s still under investigation.”
~ Sgt. Joseph Dutoi after death from crash in Saginaw
An unbelievably disgusting response.
Let me offer up a more suitable response for Sgt. Dutoi:
“The fact that the driver was driving a 3.2 ton vehicle around 30-mph seems to have contributed to this. There is no other explanation for the life-ending injuries. The degree of responsibility by the driver is still under investigation.“
And, projecting into the situation a little, perhaps a follow-up statement expressing:
“We need people to slow down in residential sections and, where appropriate, drop below the speed limit when pedestrians and bicyclists present. We also need to work with the city in improving the context of this street to produce the behavior that is better for the residents here, including aiming to reduce the speed limit from 30-mph to 25, or even 20, if we want to avoid this from happening again.”
Of course, I’m dreaming.
Speaking to the local ABC affiliate, a resident from this area, Alicia Vollmer, exhibited the right attitude in response to this crash. “This ain’t a highway, you know, it’s the city,” she told reporters.
Consider sending a comment to the Saginaw Police department regarding bicyclists rights to the road and residents rights to public safety and high quality of life. They have a contact form at the bottom of their info page Contact Saginaw Police or you may call with a complaint to (989) 399-1311.
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