Blaming Hartford Means Not Having to Examine Our Own Behaviors
March 29, 2010
Sadly, another person has been killed after being hit by a vehicle. Instead of holding responsible the driver, the anonymous loudmouths who comment on most Courant articles have placed the blame on Hartford, Obama, and various ethnic groups:
As the population of Hartford keeps looking more and more like Africa and Mexico, the lawless atmosphere which is systemic in most of Africa and Mexico is brought to Hartford. Just a big 3rd world city full of Obama voters, just sit back and watch the crime happen.
They really should start putting speed bumps in Hartford,or atleast the grated concrete that makes your car shake when you go too fast. There’s too many idiots there w/ no license or insurance or regristration, and especially no respect for anyone else.
Said it before, I’ll say it again. The main reason my family doesnt go into Hartford isnt the crime or lack of parking. The cops do not enforce speed laws and residents dont know what a stop sign means. I’ll take my business where human beings live.
As long as people can point the finger at false causes, they never have to examine the real problem. Reckless/Inattentive people + a ton or more of steel and plastic = Disaster. People in rural areas have fewer hit and runs involving humans because what there is to hit in those areas are trees, deer, and guardrails. Drive out to the rural areas of Connecticut and what you will see in the road are not human victims but countless squirrels, opossums, raccoons, and cats. In suburban and urban areas, there are lots of other vehicles for the bad drivers to crash into. There are plenty of car-versus-car accidents around shopping centers. In urban areas, we have more pedestrian traffic, and while a single fatality is too many, we do not even near the number of car-versus-opossum incidents as one sees proof of along country roads. The problem is not Hartford, Africans, Mexicans, or even the politicians. The problem is that there are too many reckless and distracted people everywhere driving who ought not be.
Recent Hit and Runs in CT (that have made the news)
•Teenager from Simsbury hit a seven-year old in Canton and does not stop because she “freaked out and got very scared.”
•A 59-year old man is killed in Montville after being hit. The driver ” stopped briefly, ‘but then drove away because he was scared.’”
•An elderly man struck a teenager on the Darien/Stamford border. The vehicle’s operator turned himself in later, saying that he did not realize he hit anyone.
•A 50-year-old Norwalk man was killed in a hit-and-run in Trumbull
•Two Norwalk teens stole a taxi, struck a woman in Stamford, and then fled the scene on foot. They later turned themselves in.
•In New Haven a baby was killed and his mother paralyzed in a hit-and-run
•A college student was killed after being struck by a car on the UConn campus. The driver asked others to keep the crash a secret; his parents were charged with helping their son cover up the crime.
As you can see, reckless driving, evasion of responsibility, and genuine confusion-behind-the-wheel are not problems remotely unique to Hartford.
Reprinted with permission of Kerri Provost, author of the blog RealHartford.
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