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Bus driver fined after fatal motorcycle collision 

"Judge M. Allen refused a crown request to suspend Annie Stenbeck's licence for three months, saying she would lose her job and her only livelihood if he did. "


"Allen noted that had Delano been in a truck or a car rather than riding a motorcycle, the collision would likely have resulted in a fender-bender rather than a fatality."

Really?  Now it's the motorcyclist's fault for not having a ton and change of roll cage around him when some other dipshit can't be bothered to look both ways before proceeding?

Date: 2008-11-08 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lampbane.livejournal.com
Screw Canada, *they're* the ones who just elected a conservative government.

Date: 2008-11-08 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] steve-dash-o.livejournal.com
Are you saying that if I am in two identical accidents except that in one case I collide with a bike and in the other with a car, and the biker is inevitably more seriously injured, that *I* should be more harshly punished in the bike case? Shouldn't the consequences I face be simply a function of my own behaviors rather than whether or not the other driver decides to use a motorcycle or a car?

Date: 2008-11-09 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raptorck.livejournal.com
Are *you* saying that if I kill someone while driving my car, that the punishment should be based on their choice of transportation?

Where is that line drawn? If you're driving a bus, and I'm on a bicycle, is it MY fault that you made a poor judgment call? What if I'm walking? What if it's a small child, who *did* look both ways, and saw a stopped bus at the time that she began crossing the street?

(Additionally, the biker isn't "inevitably" more seriously injured. There are way too many variables to account for, and when you're dealing with a lighter system of bike + rider in which the rider can (and often is) separated from the mass of the bike, there's a reason that motorcyclists tend to wear protective equipment, and in fact are required to in Edmonton.)

Date: 2008-11-09 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] obsequiosity.livejournal.com
Obviously, the solution is to strap some explosives to your bike so that when they hit you, you take the @#$%ers with you...

Date: 2008-11-09 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] z4nd4r.livejournal.com
The duck with a gun speaks with much wisdom.

Date: 2008-11-09 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mouse-pad.livejournal.com


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