Opinion

Silly season on streets is deadly serious all year

The better the weather, the worse the drivers.

That's been this newsroom's experience during our annual accident windfall called 'silly season.'

But deaths, maimings, injuries and totaled cars are no joke to grieving families, police, first responders, insurance agents, taxpayers, doctors — and reporters covering another senseless wreck.

Road accidents — medical emergencies aside — usually stem from stupidity.

Stupid drunk and doped drivers, stupid distracted drivers using cell phones, stupid motorists failing to maintain their rides, and stupid speeders who believe 'I own the car, I'll drive how I want.'

Sadly, 'I'm sorry I killed your little girl' won't cut it.

Life-and-death consequences demand extreme preventative measures.

B.C.'s justice system needs a huge overhaul now, especially in its traffic laws.

So does municipal thinking to curb idiot motorists. Let's install speed humps and bumps on residential and accident-prone roads.

Let's boost police speed traps, especially on residential streets; pull scofflaws' licences for life — and take their vehicles if caught driving recklessly, drunk or high.

Jail drivers who damage property, or injure or kill others.

Reduce municipal speeds by 10 to 20 kph to complement recent highway-speed hikes to 120 kph.

And educate drivers about potentially deadly stupidity, before it's too late.

Angry? Call 911 and report offenders' licence plates. That's one action that isn't stupid.

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