Letters

LETTER: Car crashes really aren't accidents

Re: It’s no accident (News, Aug. 13)

I am all in favour of eliminating the term “accident” when it comes to motor vehicle incidences. I am glad to see that the terminology is getting some public review. I would even be happier if the term was never used again in the media, and perhaps it could start with the Saanich News.

There are very few car accidents. There are a lot of car crashes, car collisions and motor vehicle incidences. The vast majority are caused by idiots. Any idiot is entitled to drive a car.

It is an idiot who thinks that there is no rhyme or rhythm to the rules of the road. Some seem unnecessary, but they are there for a reason. The reason is generally to promote better road safety.

A crash caused by excessive speeding is not an accident. It is some idiot who has no respect for others, no respect for the rules of the road and often thinks that they are above the law.

It is no accident when a crash occurs when a driver performs a rolling stop or runs a stop sign. The sign reads “STOP,” not “slow down.” The list goes on.

An accident is something that is totally unavoidable. Please do not use the word “accident” in the context of a motor vehicle incident again.

R. D. Townsend

Saanich

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Search continues for missing dirt bike rider on Burke Mountain
 
Stay back from raging Chilliwack-Vedder river system
 
Report fuels Veterans Affairs criticism
Retailers ready for Black Friday bargain hunters
 
Amrik Virk advised Kwantlen on secret executive bonus
 
Editorial Cartoon