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By Jesse Fray
February 1, 2010
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If you hit someone, run. That’s exactly what the family of a recent hit-and-run fatality victim says Kansas law is encouraging drunken drivers to do.
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I had a drunk driver hit me. They refused to wait for the police and threw their insurance info to me and drove off. The fact that they left the insurance info made them legal and not a hit and run. When the police got to his house he had a drink in his hand so couldn't be charged. The police came back and told me that there was nothing that could be proven.
Three years is a long time in prison for someone who turns themselves in. The laws are written the way they are because it's fairly human to flee the scene, as evidenced by basically everyone who hits a cyclist or pedestrian doing it. Maybe we should prosecute people for laws that are already on the books, like vehicular manslaughter, before we go making new laws and penalties.
Just because it's human nature doesn't make it right, or "OK". If you hit someone and you're drunk it's better to run than it is to stay. That needs to change.
Am all against drunk driving, driving on suspended or any other moving violation. But, I also feel that cyclists and pedestrians should be ticked for breaking traffic laws too. I’m way too tired of taking the ditch to avoid a cyclist or a jogger who is out taking in the scenery, down the middle of the road, during rush hour in the morning or in the afternoon. If your defense is your getting your exercise, we’ve bankrolled way too many jogging trails and bike trails to have them go to waste. If they aren’t being used then maybe the money to support them could be used to fix some of the pot holes plaguing our city.
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