"Stephen King was seriously injured when he was struck by a van while
along a road bordering a ballfield he had donated to the town of North
where he has a summer home. At around 4:30 p.m. (6/19) a motorist
from behind lost control of his Dodge Caravan, because of a dog that was
running loose inside, and hit King. The driver, Bryan Smith, 41, of
did not appear to be speeding and no charges are being filed.
A Portland news station interviewed Smith, who said that King apologized
to him saying that he (King) was walking too close to the road rather
further onto the shoulder. "
What's wrong with this picture? Is it possible to run a pedestrian down
from behind in broad daylight and not violate any law? Sure, this was an
accident - but Smith wasn't watching where he was going. Distracted by
his own dog? "There's a reason for ye, an' a rag about the foot o't" (a
Scottish proverb indicating a lame excuse).
And King apologized! Was he being sarcastic?
Is paying atention to your dog, kids, radio, cell phone, coffee,
cigarette, etc. reason enough to not be held accountable under the law
for mowing down pedestrians?
I was impressed in the UK last summer with the constant focused
attention of British drivers. It is illegal to eat or drink anything
while driving in England. People we rode with wouldn't even glance in
our direction while carrying on a conversation with us. In spite of
narrow winding roads, blind curves (no shoulders and no mowing of
foliage), and high speeds, we never saw a sign of an accident in 2,000
miles of driving. Drivers typically have both hands on the wheel and are
looking at the road at all times. I think the British police would have
charged Smith with something if it had happened there. I think we need
to do something to adjust this attitude.
Bruce Cunningham's web site: http://www.together.net/~bcunning/
"They are lifeless wha're fautless." (Scottish proverb)