[THOMAS] Moped Crash Ushers In The Blame Game [Video]
You do it. I do it. We all do it. We love to play the blame game. Whatever the incident, somebody's at fault. Let's throw the book at him.
The other night, two 12 year old boys are riding a moped and crash with a moving car. They weren't wearing helmets. The driver of the other vehicle, for whatever reason keeps going. The helmet-less tweens are seriously injured. Carted off to Rhode Island hospital.
Here we have a serious vehicular crash with kids and a hit and run driver. A caller or two wondered why the unknown car driver didn't stop. Hit and run is huge, especially involving minor children. I'd expect most listeners to care about the well being of the boys. I must of missed that. What I didn't miss was a huge chorus line of fault.
Caller after caller viciously barked where were the parents? I blame the parents. Twelve year old kids should be in bed. Why weren't they wearing a helmet? The police should lock them up until the parents pay a $100 fine. It's gang related.
I get it. Kids are terrorizing the streets, riding their bikes, wheelie style, directly at motor vehicles. I hate it. I feel like playing chicken and driving them off the road. Two wrongs don't make a right and some well placed video will land me in a jail.
You know the horror stories of senior citizens being scared of the hoodlum-like taunting bikers exude. Now tell me the real statutory crime here? Popping wheelies on the wrong side of the street? We don't lock up adult motorists for driving on the wrong side of the road. Somebody needs a few puzzles in a padded cell if you really expect police to jail 12 year olds for crashing a moped into a car?
Go ahead. Point the finger at the mom and pop you chastised last month for not working. Guess what? This month they're employed. Doing their best to pay rent and bills. They're shedding crocodile tears not living by your near perfect standards. Like all parents, they make mistakes. Blame them if you wish. You are noise like grown ups in a Charley Brown episode.
Where was the police Saturday night? Fighting real crime then becoming first responders at a crash at the intersection of S. Second and Blackmer. This seriously menacing problem unfortunately is low on their totem pole.
Editor’s Note: Brian Thomas is the host of Brian’s Beat on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10am-Noon and Saturdays from 6am-9am. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.