Complacency Rules

2013-09-11 07:08

I am thinking out loud again. This isn’t an instantaneous thought though. I have difficulty understanding why people are more concerned about the fate of a person who is worthy of blame; rather than the victims.

I am talking about the Fields Hill Accident. It’s a hot topic right now and all and sundry on social networks are having a go at their take on the incident.

My first reaction to the incident was the victims. Knowing the effectiveness of social media I found a page where donations for the victims’ families were mentioned and I posted. I posted for awareness, and in memory of those who lost their lives.

I continued to follow reports, when the driver of the truck was in court this week.

I then noticed people saying that they felt for the driver, and that he shouldn’t be punished, others stated that 22 murder charges as well as dangerous driving and endangerment were excessive.

Once more, my thoughts are with the victims, or prospective victims; those who could experience déjà vu. Families are without breadwinners; children without parents; there are patients recovering, living every day with excruciating pain, and mental and physical scars which will serve as a daily reminder for the rest of their lives.

Some say, that the driver will also have the reminders and that those cues will be a sufficient sentence for his crimes. That he was obeying orders.

I can’t allow myself to be complacent.

The Driver has a moral compass, just like you and me. If there was a mechanical issue with the truck he should have known better than to use Fields Hill as his route of choice. If my brakes were “non-existent”, I would not choose a steep hill to hurtle down. Even I know that the more weight you carry the faster your wheeled death machine is going to travel. The probability of stopping safely after a nominal decline is slim.

Those working in EMS rescue have marked the fateful evening as one they will never forget. Watching the footage circulating of how the vehicles were instantly ripped to shreds should give your mind some idea of the carnage inflicted on the human bodies strewn across the intersection.

We have to remember here that is was not only 22 people who lost their lives as a result of this disaster. There were in fact 27 people who died brutally in a wake of destruction; leaving wives, husbands, children, brothers, sisters, families mourning. Lives are fragile.

Now I ask you. What if those people were your wife, your husband, your child, your family? Would you be saying that the charges are unwarranted? I think not.


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