Hit and Run, and Gang Killings

A couple were killed walking home on Saturday, by an 18-year-old driver, possibly drinking and speeding, who then tried to run from the scene by leaping into False Creek. (False Creek is indeed false and only a puddle really.) The police dogs tracked him down.

And on the news they talk about how that 18-25 year range of male drivers tend to have the highest accident rate because they take bigger risks. That poor couple don’t get another chance. Their lives are stopped short and early. The driver will. A speaker today said that BC has some of the toughest driving measures for getting a license and it has dropped deaths caused by young drivers by 20%. The accidents have cost the province $1.6 billion dollars.

So here’s one suggestion to get young people from driving like crazy maniacs while drinking. Make public transport more accessible. This is one of my pet peeves. Take some of that $1.6 billion and run the SkyTrain later than 12:30 am on weekends especially. Make it reliable and frequent. Run other buses that will take people from the bars. Taxis are too expensive for almost everyone so TransLink and ICBC and the city should get together and figure out that alternative ways of getting home after being at the bar will save lives and dollars. Make it part of the infrastructure.

For that couple and all the people killed by cars every week, it doesn’t make much difference. Such a waste, because someone wants to speed and show off and be tough or sexy or whatever power they think driving fast imbues. But we can also blame car manufacturers that put out numerous ads equating speed with sex and cool. Zoom zoom zoom. Just look at a billboard or an ad on TV and you know what I’m talking. Since Canada successfully sued the tobacco industry for health costs with cancer, maybe it’s time to sue the car companies for encouraging unsafe driving.

The other half of people dying this week in Greater Vancouver is the six shootings in seven days of various organized crime/gangster members. Brazen shootings in broad daylight in malls. So far, no one innocent (as in, not involved in these gangs) has been hit but that doesn’t negate last year’s rampage of gang shootings where several innocent men were murdered for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I cannot imagine the horror of what they had to endure in those last moments. And of course their families and loved ones will pay the price forever of organized crime.

The only good thing about the shootings it that they’re eliminating themselves but there will always be other scum that rises to the top, the shooter that lives. If I had my way I’d punt them all to the moon without spacesuits. But I don’t, and the police aren’t having as much luck tracking them down.

I’ve said it before; I hate this type of growing up that Vancouver has had to face. Sure, every city has murders but we could still count them under 100. They were crimes of violence and passion but still few and very rare. The gangland shootings are almost doubling our numbers and innocent people are getting hurt. Shootings in malls? I’d like us to go back to the little granola city where the pace is slow and we have more restaurants than days in the year.

I’ll happily sign any petition that gets rid of these guys. It’s never good news if organized crime is involved. Police are asking people to deny service to known gang members. Not a bad idea. Like days of old, a tribe would ostracize a member who committed a terrible crime, ignoring them like they didn’t exist. These outcasts usually moved on or died of loneliness.

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4 responses to “Hit and Run, and Gang Killings

  1. SMD

    What about a “Drunk Bus.” Basically a couple of large vans or small buses that go around the bars at closing time and for a small fee will take people to their homes or hotels so they don’t drive. Maybe more than a couple, but it’s a good idea I think.

  2. colleenanderson

    Good idea. But we could cook up a sexy, tough, cool name like the happy hour bus, or the liquor limo. Around the holidays there was a volunteer group in North Vancouver that would pick people up and drive them and their cars home for free. People could donate if they wanted. It would certainly help the problem.

  3. People are still going to drive drunk no matter if you have a bus. limo or helicopter. The problem is that most people go downtown or out of their region and then make the decision to drive. WOuld you rather spend $20-50 on a taxi or see your insurance go up $2000/yr? Cab please

    • colleenanderson

      To a degree, though there are people who take transit and when it’s not available to get home, will also steal cars. I once met a woman whose car was stolen five times because she lived on one of the main routes out of the city. If people know there is reliable public transport that runs late enough, they may opt for that. Yes, some people will always drive drunk but if there are more options, there will be fewer of those. On the other hand, if I had my personal helicopter pilot flying about, I wouldn’t need to worry about the cost of taxi or insurance. 🙂

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