Tougher Penalties For Motorists Who Hit Bikers
By Jim Pinto, New Windsor, NY
You carried the story about the Last Chance bikers who were killed in the head-on collision this past Friday. Bike accident news spreads fast in this biker world. My friend is in a similar sober club who heard about this accident and contacted those he knew to solicit support. biking is a sport, a hobby, a mode of transport, and a sub-culture made up of a wide range of personalities and walks of life. So we all tend to feel a bond and kinship.
The articles I've read say that charges are likely, towards the driver of the pick-up truck, and that he was probably DUI or DWI. A bad scene. And worse that the victims were decidedly sober.
The irony is that at this time, at time place, on a curve in the road, a vehicle driver under the influence of alcohol on this curve crossed over the center line and crashed head on into a group of bikers.What are the chances? What are the odds? Enough is enough. We hear too often that the vehicle driver does not see the motorcycle rider they cut off, they hit, they run into. We hear it often and there's really no outcry.
Enough is enough. We hear too often that the vehicle drivers are drunk, or are on the cell, or texting, or otherwise pre-occupied - multi-tasking, and then injuring or killing bikers.
And now this: Sober bikers on their way to the wake of another sober friend who passed away, are enroute to this sober wake, are killed by a drunk driver.
We have fairly tough laws in affect, but they don't stop those who disregard them and take that chance, and drive anyway. We need the public to hear and know, loud and clear, that Enough is Enough! Many of these vehicle/bike accidents don't get enough exposure.
Many of those who caused the accident don't get charged with criminal charges. Instead they incur traffic violation charges (failure to yield for one). How about Careless and indifferent assault? That'd fit more aptly. So in this case, this driver took that chance, and literally dissolved THE Last Chance for two fellow bikers.