Stupidity. It’s not just for the inbred.

8 Nov

You know what drives me absolutely batshit?

Shit like this.

Stainthorpe, a 33-year-old registered nurse, admitted he was speeding, but was furious that police wouldn’t let him off with a warning since he had never heard of the new law. “I have three kids, I have to go to work for a week and they just do not give a crap. They have no sympathy for people and it’s unfair and they treat people like crap.”

urm. Let’s discuss shall we.

On the 400 series highways, the speedlimit is 100km/h. On most 400 series highways, everyone does 120. Illegal, but since everyone is generally driving this quickly, they’re left alone.

However, there had been a lot of street racing deaths and related stupidity in the last little while, so the government decided to make things a little tougher for those morons who decide that going more than 50k over the posted limit is a good idea. Little bit tougher meaning losing your car for a week among other things.

This went into place the end of September. I live in New Brunswick and I know that. But this jackass thinks claiming “I didn’t know” should exempt his ass.

Now, which part of YOU WERE SPEEDING, WHICH IS FRACKING ILLEGAL! do you think he’s not getting? A warning? You could have killed someone going that fast, and they should just pat you on the bum and tell you to go home?

What is it about today’s society that makes personal responsibility such a difficult concept for so many people? Don’t want to be punished? Don’t break the law numbnuts. You knew it was speeding, but since your concept of the punishment wasn’t that bad, you decided to break the law. You made a decision, and broke the law. Now, you get to suffer for it.

My personal favorite though, the piece de resistance:

Brian Lawrie, president of Pointts, which bills itself as Canada’s original and most successful traffic court agency, said the new law may bring him more business, but he considers it a bad idea that could cost someone their job because of human error or an equipment malfunction.

“It sounds good to everybody that doing 50 over should be punished right on the spot, but where does the presumption of innocence go when you do that?” Lawrie said.

Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but generally speaking, if you’re speeding, it’s because foot+pedal=speed, right? Or are there new fangled defective gas pedals? Can illiterate people claim they can’t read the speedometer? How exactly is speeding anything other than speeding?

I think the one officer sums it up best for me.

“A little indication (is) if you’re going down the highway and you’re passing everybody – hello, chances are you’re speeding,”

 Just the other day, a 3 year old girl was run down in her babysitter’s yard after two street racing fools hit each other and one car spun into the lawn. She died. She didn’t get a warning. She didn’t get to be “treated like crap”. Do little girls need to die in Ontario too?

Rest in Peace Bianca.

6 Responses to “Stupidity. It’s not just for the inbred.”

  1. radical mama November 8, 2007 at 10:51 pm #

    Entitlement. How it drives me absolutely crazy!

  2. Caitlin November 8, 2007 at 11:21 pm #

    It sounds like there wasn’t a reckless driving statute in place before? In most places I’ve lived, 15-20mph over the speed limit is an automatic reckless driving ticket.

    I hate when people are going fast enough to not only get a reckless driving ticket, but lose their license and face jail time, but somehow think they can claim they “didn’t realize” or it was an “accident” they were going that fast. If that’s truly the case, then maybe they’re not observant enough to have a license.

  3. Nat November 8, 2007 at 11:22 pm #

    I sat here bawling while reading that story about the little girl. How horrible is that…

  4. Hannah November 9, 2007 at 10:45 am #

    I can’t believe that a registered nurse would take the lives of everyone around him in his hands because he was running late. What a dick.

    I don’t even live in Ontario and I knew about this new speeding law. Lame excuse, buttmunch. Enjoy taking the Go-Train for a week.

  5. thordora November 9, 2007 at 1:43 pm #

    This man just infuriated me. And people wonder why I don’t drive! It’s because idiots like these think they can drive how they please.

    And yeah, that little girl’s story is heartwrenching. Especially will mine being so close to that age.

  6. radical mama November 9, 2007 at 3:05 pm #

    “I can’t believe that a registered nurse would take the lives of everyone around him in his hands because he was running late. What a dick.”

    That’s such a good point. My SIL was an ER nurse for quite a while. The VAST majority of their patients were car accident victims, often the innocent car that was hit by the asshole driver. So preventable, and yet…

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