Lockdown Aw Gone? Otay Mes Amis! Let the Carnage Continue! The return of “Driving Fails” for 2022. Now with more implied gore than ever before.
Warning: the above is beyond bumper cars.
I try to avoid getting sucked into the endless gyre of “Dashcam Disasters” on YouTube, but every so often I relapse. Long, long time ago when “Dashcam Disasters” was a fresh YouTube genre replete with the always ribald Russian “I fall drunk in front of your car” Dash Cams I found it amusing in a kind of pie-in-the-face way, but you have to take your amusements where you find them in this life. That was then. Yes, way back before the Chinese Crud crippled the globe and the Stupids started clog dancing on center stage. Now it’s not such a harvest of boffo humor. This year’s first crop of carnage seems darker and more deadly than I remember Dashcam Disasters being even a few years back.
And it is only January.
Of course, this could just mean something as trivial as a long lockdown and rising gas prices reducing our population’s mean driving intelligence and skill by 10 points. Then again palpable increase in lethal-looking clips could signal a new and much less law-abiding, less patient, and less polite society; one in which it is understood that any spoils in the new world order will go only to the fast and the furious. What once was detached bemusement has become grim and even grisly. So be warned.
The role of the racial reckoning in getting motorists and pedestrians killed by turning elites against safety enforcement should not be ignored. For example, from The Urbanist’s coverage of Seattle:
But in 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic combined with that summer’s protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder prompted the department to reassess the role of relying on police enforcement as a go-to tool. Those emphasis patrols stopped. [Seattle Department of Transportation] Director [Sam] Zimbabwe, appearing back at the city council in 2021, spoke to the shift in the department’s thinking.
In case you are wondering, Sam Zimbabwe is a white man who used to be named Sam Zimmerman-Bergman.
“It’s time to daylight the uncomfortable reality that relying on an enforcement-heavy approach in transportation can also lead to disproportionate financial impact, injury, and death for Black and brown community members across our city and across the country,” [Zimbabwe] told city councilmembers less than two years after the same team had been touting its police enforcement strategy….
Unfortunately, the situation on the ground is not improving while this shift takes place. 2021 will replace 2019 as the most deadly year on Seattle’s streets since 2006, with a preliminary tally of 31 fatalities.
Police traffic stops have been in bad odor with the Establishment since Ferguson. As you may recall, the Obama administration turned the Ferguson PD inside out to find the racism it knew must be there. After it found nothing, the Department of Justice then announced that, well, okay, the late Michael Brown did try to wrestle the policeman’s gun away, but Ferguson was operating…a speed trap! This was considered giant national news for a while.