|A crash last night at Court and High|
two images collaged for clarity, via twitter
There's been a lot of traffic violence in the paper lately, and it is just so fascinating - not in a good way at all! - how we normalize this into background noise and move on to the next thing, not thinking at all that this is evidence of a major system problem with our autoism and transportation system. We insist the crashes are the results of bad decisions and bad actors. But any errors are too routine. The evidence is right there, and yet we maintain a cultural blindness to it, choosing not to see what is plain to see.
A couple weeks ago a driver rolled their car just a block away. Again, how does this happen at a prudent speed?
And within the last month there have been two trials with driving carnage featured in the paper. (And daily additional notes about "lesser" crashes.)
The causes are multiple, and the car industry has taken car to inflame some of them, advertising cars with "professional drivers" on "closed courses" with disclaimers not to try this at home. So much speeding.
But here, in our framing about "congestion relief"; and our engineering standards for "level of service," "volume/capacity" measures, and 85th percentile speed; in enforcement the Police says speeding 10mph is ok, but not 11mph or more; all the messages we send is that slow car travel is bad, and drivers should always expect to be able to zoom. There's a constant expectation for speed.
In this environment, then, bad actors aren't wild monsters; they are just pushing things a little farther, and catastrophe ensues.
|Some ingredients to our autoism and carbon pollution,|
53% of which comes from our cars
(via VTPI, Salem notes added)
|Average temps in Oregon from 1895 - 2018 (L to R)|
(Show Your Stripes)
Our disregard for the problems of autoism is so willful.