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Reader: It's easier to blame the dead than to hold drivers accountable

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Re: "CSPD lacks consistent data on traffic fatalities, but some patterns appear" (Nov. 21).

High numbers of fatalities are entirely predictable for a city where it's normal for residential areas to be surrounded by four- and six-lane highways with high-speed traffic. The only reason we don't have even more deaths is that our infrastructure has made it practically impossible for most people to go places without being inside a metal box on wheels; walking has been discouraged even more effectively than it could be by a law making it illegal to walk in public.

Also predictable: Victim blaming comments where we blame our fellow humans for daring to get around on two legs and not adding an extra mile to their journeys to get to a far-away crosswalk; plenty of intersections don't even have crosswalks. Not that crosswalks are much better: you can follow all the rules and easily get killed by a driver making a careless turn. But it's much easier to blame the dead than to hold drivers accountable for the way they operate multi-ton machines.

— David Emery

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