19 Jul '11, 1pm

Sad. Mother charged with vehicular homicide after her child is killed by hit-and-run. Better city planning saves lives.

Sad. Mother charged with vehicular homicide after her child is killed by hit-and-run. Better city planning saves lives.

That's right: Because Nelson did not lug her exhausted little ones three-tenths of a mile from the bus stop to a traffic signal in order to cross five lanes of traffic, she is guilty of vehicular manslaughter. Because she did as her fellow bus riders, who crossed at the same time and place, and because she did what pedestrians will do every time - take the shortest reasonable path - she is guilty of vehicular manslaughter. What about the highway designers, traffic engineers, transit planners and land use regulators who allowed a bus stop to be placed so far from a signal and made no other provision for a safe crossing; who allowed - even encouraged, with wide, straight lanes - prevailing speeds of 50-plus on a road flanked by houses and apartments; who carved a fifth lane out of a wider median that could have provided more of a safe refuge for pedestrians; who designed the...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/mom-charged-with-...

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