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    Default Child death mentioned- Jaywalking turned into jailtime?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...d-hit-run.html

    forgot to put the debate question


    Do you think the US is starting to forget that the law is supposed to be about justice? It seems like a lot of the cases making the news lately are about lawyers battling it out and using anything in their power to "win" despite it being in the best interests of our country.
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    i read that too.. it makes my physically sick. Could you imagine what that poor mother has already had to witness but then have that thrown at her too? And the POS who actually hit the kid, accident or not who was under the influence (meds and "little" alcohol) gets 6 mos??? what?!
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    This is an absolute travesty. The car first culture has real consequences. If the mother is punished (which means the other children are punished as well) then they damn well better punish the bus driver, the road planners, and the politicians who put money into creating these car first, pedestrian and public transportation last, policies in jail because they are much more culpable in this tragedy than she is.

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    He had already been involved in 2 other hit and runs!
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    Yes, maybe she should have used the crossing.

    However, I bet she made sure nothing was coming before she let her kids and herself cross over! I can't believe that she is actually being ounished for this?? That poor Mum and her poor kids must be going through HELL!!

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    I guess the nearest crossing is half a mile away from the apartment complex. So in essence, she'd have to walk a mile instead of just crossing the street. I'm all about following rules most of the time, but I know for a fact I would have just walked across there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wlillie View Post
    I guess the nearest crossing is half a mile away from the apartment complex. So in essence, she'd have to walk a mile instead of just crossing the street. I'm all about following rules most of the time, but I know for a fact I would have just walked across there too.
    This was my thought. To consider walking a mile with 3 little ones after a bus ride at what appeared to be night seems not only tremendously daunting, but would perhaps carry its own set of dangers if there weren't sidewalks they could walk safely on.

    I feel horrible for the mom.. and for the guy with this making his 3rd conviction... do you think that it is time for him to have his license pulled yet??? I'm praying that the judge uses some common sense in sentencing and is extremely lenient. I respect the reason of *wanting* people to use a crosswalk WHEN they are available within a reasonable distance.

    Is it that unreasonable really for us to have crosswalks where there are bus stops on either side of the road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissyJ View Post
    This was my thought. To consider walking a mile with 3 little ones after a bus ride at what appeared to be night seems not only tremendously daunting, but would perhaps carry its own set of dangers if there weren't sidewalks they could walk safely on.

    I feel horrible for the mom.. and for the guy with this making his 3rd conviction... do you think that it is time for him to have his license pulled yet??? I'm praying that the judge uses some common sense in sentencing and is extremely lenient. I respect the reason of *wanting* people to use a crosswalk WHEN they are available within a reasonable distance.

    Is it that unreasonable really for us to have crosswalks where there are bus stops on either side of the road?
    Near my little neighbourhood the main road is on a wide sweeping bend with a playground, school bus stop and city bus stop on one side, and another city bus stop on the other. Even though it's a designated playground zone (yellow signs that say '30 km/h from 8:30 to 1 hour past sunset') cars rarely would even stop for anyone attempting to cross. There was no other marked crosswalk for at least 1/2 km in either direction, and it was likely the heaviest crossed section of the entire road. In my city as well, there are only about a couple dozen roads (and the stops on those roads are listed in the city bylaws) where schoolbuses are to use their flashing lights and stop arms. The children are to wait until the bus pulls away and then determine for themselves if/when it is safe to cross. These children are forced to jaywalk. Last year a couple of very young children darted out from behind a schoolbus straight into my path and the path of the oncoming car. Thankfully I was driving very slowly in anticipation of children. When I called the schoolbus company and city to complain, I was curtly informed that schoolbuses using their lights and stop arms at every stop would 'interfere with the flow of traffic' and that during rush hour it would cause major delays for drivers. I was horrified. Literally, I felt ill at the thousands of kids who have to make that judgment call for themselves every single day. Needless to say, every day when school gets out the streets are lined with cars of parents who pick their kids up right at the stop for fear they'd get hit trying to cross at unmarked crossings. I know I'll be doing the same when my kids are going by bus.
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    Ridiculous. They should have spent their time convicting the driver who has repeatable offenses. I would've crossed the road at that point as well, considering the nearest crosswalk is over a mile away at nighttime. Way to go justice system for punishning a Mother who lost a child and not the driver that committed the actual crime.

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    She got 12 months probation, according to the 11 Alive News update I just read on FB.

    Dylan 4/22/04, Devon 6/24/06,Dorothy 9/13/07, Derek 12/19/09, Daniel 12/18/10, Daphne 2/24/12
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