Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Police Cruiser Hits Pedestrian

A police cruiser hit a pedestrian crossing in a crosswalk on Wisconsin Avenue yesterday. According to the story, a 70-year old man was crossing. A car stopped for him in one lane, but the cruiser went around him and struck the pedestrian.

This pretty much sums up why I have so little respect for DC police. They talk on their cell phones while driving, yet ticket us for the same (even if not moving). Some people in this city actually try to do the right thing, and stop at a crosswalk (as is legally required) for pedestrians, yet the cop (probably talking on his cell phone) blows right by without thinking, maybe, the car in the other lane had stopped for a reason. My instinct is to always slow down at crosswalks in this situation - these guys spend all day in the car, shouldn't they care as much?

This is the same police department that in the wake of several pedestrian accidents involving Metrobuses, starts aggressively ticketing jaywalkers. Never mind that the victims weren't jaywalking.

How about taking some goddamn responsibility for the actions of the city agencies? How about giving us the slightest indication that you care one whit about the laws that you so aggressively enforce, other than for the money the tickets bring in?

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