The seven-year-old duahgter of the couple depicted at left was orphaned this weekend by an act of unmitigated adolescent carlessness this weekend (picture gratis, CTV News). I’ve often been hard on the police here in Ottawa for focussing on pulling over people for minor offences, or wasting time pursuing energy into the pursuit of ‘sensational crimes’ like drug busts without links to violent crime, adding resources to conduct ‘blitses’ on rolling past a stop line by a few inches, etc., etc. I’m sure such efforts yield generous fine proceeds, but why can’t the police be out doing what they’re supposed to be doing? Or so I’ve asked – yet if there were ever a case to be made for increasing police budgets – this is the sort of thing that to my mind would justify it.
Having said that, the incident cited above happened in Tornoto, not Ottawa. And maybe it didn’t because Ottaway has the benefit of being one of the most over-policed cities in Canada; with 3 police agencies servicing the area, 4 if one includes Hull-Gatineau. For its part Toronto has just the one force – and in a reigion that certainly seems to be getting more and more violent with time.
As such, one would hope that the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident is hung out by his ears. Car racing is obviously a serious problem in Toronto and even in my home city of Winnipeg lately. Any teenage moron irresponsible enough to be involved in such a crime needs his life ended, just as he or she ended the life or lives of his/her victims – and inflicted unspeakable tragedy on the people in the lives of those victims. But laws themselves arent a deterrent – there needs to be a perception of certainty their lives will be forever destroyed should such a thing happen. And for those that are caught street racing, lesser yet severe penalties like seisure of vehicles, long-term license suspensions, mandatory arrest and/or jailtime, etc. should be imposed.
And the police should be tasked to seek out street racers – not people who fail to signal or make illegal turns during posted hours. For God’s sake; isn’t the mantra of the poiceman to serve & protect? At least here in Ottawa, it seems they’re distracted filling the city’s coffers with fine reveneues…