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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tosspot of the week



According to this report, there have been 441 hit and run assaults on the Gold Coast in the last 12 months, and yes, the term "assault" is a far more accurate description than the politically correct expression, "accident".

441 hit-and-runs on Gold Coast
Stephanie Bedo January 20th, 2010

THERE is more than one hit-and-run on the Gold Coast each day, with a six-year-old being dragged for 20m after being struck by a moped in the most recent incident.

As police hunt the callous moped rider, figures released yesterday showed an alarming 441 hit-and-run incidents happened on the Gold Coast in 2009.

On Monday a moped rider struck the boy, who was riding a children's scooter on a footpath in Seaworld Drive in Main Beach.

The boy, who was holidaying with his family from NSW and staying at the Sheraton Mirage Resort, is in an induced coma in Brisbane's Mater Children's Hospital with a fractured skull and severely cut leg.

He was riding his scooter with his nanny when the moped crashed into him from behind.

Police said the moped rider dragged the boy for about 20m on the front of the bike.

Other pedestrians had to jump out of the way as the moped nearly hit them while fleeing.

Gold Coast Police District Superintendent Jim Keogh said he did not know why the moped rider was illegally on the footpath.

"I don't know if it's deliberate (but) it's certainly a callous act when you consider the young boy was dragged along for some (distance)," he said.

Supt Keogh said the moped looked too 'flashy' to be from a hire company.

"Without doubt he's hit the boy and knew he struck him," he said.

Regional traffic co-ordinator Darren Soppa said hit-and-runs made up about a tenth of all accidents on the Coast.

"It means people aren't abiding by traffic regulations in that they're supposed to stop and provide details of name and address and contact details so appropriate action can be taken," he said.


Let's be realistic here, people run away from these crime scenes because they have something to hide. This guy took off in the way he did because he was drunk, stoned or guilty of something else that would have been exposed if he waited the two hours it takes for the police to show up, and that's before we even consider the illegality of the act of running away, but then, it's not as if the police or the courts ever consider that either.

I've said this before, but now would be a good opportunity to say it again, this problem requires a serious, third-world fascist police state solution. What is needed here is to bring in a penalty that includes a mandatory minimum five year prison sentence for ANY hit and run assault, and a mandatory minimum 25 years if the victim is killed. Do that, and the hit and run assaults will stop after the first two offenders are sentenced. Unfortunately, road safety just isn't a high enough priority in the eyes of the electorate, so after the usual whining, nothing will be done.

2 Comments:

Blogger Titanium said...

Aye, there's the rub... a third world fascist response may not contain itself to ONLY hit-and-run scofflaws. One might find that blogging about any number of topics could be off-limits and subject to the same penalty. I'm in full agreement with you- something must be done; far beyond the usual rhetoric, too.

Perhaps the parents, friends and family of the injured party should be permitted to determine the perpetrator's penalty?

4:38 am  
Blogger Chris L said...

The idea of the victim's family deciding the perpetrator's fate is stragely compelling, but I'm not sure we'd get any consistency in the sentencing. Some would want them sent straight to the firing squad, while others would be naive enough to believe that it was an "accident".

Perhaps fascism is going a bit far, but I do think we need mandatory sentencing for this offence. At least until people get the message and stop doing it.

Incidentally, I've already learned that the Australian government considers certain blogging topics to be off-limits. I wasn't allowed to vote in the 2004 election out here, because my name somehow disappeared from the electoral roll shortly after I wrote this post:

http://life-cycle.blogspot.com/2004/09/editorial-how-did-we-get-to-be-so.html

8:23 pm  

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