<VV> Running from Cops
Hugo at aruncoaches.co.uk
Sat Dec 16 04:46:50 EST 2017
### Much as I agree with your sentiments, this is the same argument that
puts forward the death penalty for rapists; 'runners' invariably run because
they don't want to go (back) to jail; your stiffer penalties would give them
even more incentive to out-run the police, just as rapists would have more
incentive to kill their only witness if they were facing the death penalty
for their crime. It's a tricky one.
From: roboman91324--- via VirtualVairs
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:02 AM
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Subject: Running from Cops
One of the relatively few things that piss me off is when I see people in
high speed chases with police. These criminals risk their own lives which
might be OK if that was as far as it went. However, it also endangers the
lives of police. Worst of all, they risk the lives of innocent pedestrians
and occupants of other vehicles on the street. "Pedestrians" and "Occupants
of other cars" include grannies and infants as well as anyone in between.
Innocent people get injured and sometimes die. If the guy gets caught and
goes to court and if I was the judge, each charge of blindly running a light
or stop sign would bring a criminal charge of reckless endangerment. Every
time the running car tapped a bumper or fender of an occupied car, it would
bring a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. If the "accidents" were
with unoccupied cars or other property, it would bring criminal charges of
willful destruction of property. If found guilty, the jail terms would be
consecutive; not concurrent.
When they catch these people in front of TV cameras, you see the arrest but
never learn of the penalties. Again, with the hypothetical case of me as
judge, I would do my best to see that the severe sentencing caught the
attention of every form of media and was presented prominently. This
wouldn't be an "arrogant" and idle threat, It would be a real life example
of cause and effect. Perhaps idiots who idolize the "runners" and think
they might like to emulate them would think twice before following in their
footsteps or tire tracks, as the case may be.
I am not a prude about street racing. I did my share of street racing on
Front Street and Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia. The racers were taking
personal risks but not risking lives and property of others not in consent.
The races were semi organized without "through traffic." It was great fun
that rarely resulted in accidents. Those accidents never involved innocent
bystanders. Police would sometimes drift by to disperse the crowd. I never
ran from the police in that or any scenario. But that's just me.
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Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:45:56 +0000
From: Joel McGregor <joel at joelsplace.com>
To: "Virtualvairs at corvair.org" <Virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Subject: Re: <VV> Tim Allen in Jan C&D
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I always got a kick out of that kind of arrogance. I knew "someone" that
outran cops and their radios regularly. Never did get caught when running.
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