I don't feel right talking about this in a topic about someone who recently died, but i still think it's a subject that needs some discussing;
> Papa _ Wrote:
> Too many “dangerous” traffic areas are, in reality, just really shitty
> Nothing is that dangerous, just requires a teeny tiny amount of care and
> attention to not kill people.
> 40,000 people die every year. EVERY GODDAMN YEAR. Because why? The lane
> lines weren’t painted well enough? Lights were too low or high? No
> I know the pandemic has brought out stupid shit-talkers and me
> mentioning this here may bring up some weird emotions. I am not one of
> “those guys”.
> But the shitty drivers have got to stop. We need real punishment for
> traffic crashes. There are no “accidents”; they are crashes. Someone
> didn’t do their fucking job and they crashed a death machine. It is
> intentional distraction, or negligence.
> People smash into someone and their insurance pays up. Maybe they have a
> fine. My parents were hit twice in a couple years. Ruined my dad’s
> retirement years. I would love to see these bad drivers spend a decade
> in prison. When the shit gets real, I bet the roads would get a lot
> And we know nothing here. Maybe Moped guy was in the wrong. I have just
> seen too many lives cut short/ruined, families crushed because of people
> not taking their death machine operating serious.
Obviously having very little to no driving lessons to get a drivers license is a starting place for this problem. In most European countries people will have to take between 20 and 30 hours of driving lessons before they are allowed to take their driving test (which lots of people fail on their first attempt) this assures to a certain degree that people actually know what they are doing in a car and seems especially beneficial when you're handing out drivers licenses to 16 year old children.
Then there's the other problem; you can't completely stop people from making mistakes in traffic, so traffic design should be made in a way that minimises the severity of what happens through these mistakes.
Several arguments made in the other topic immediately made me think of this video.
And this one about traffic calming is also quite relevant;
And the facts: US road fatalities per 1 million inhabitants; 111,4 (2018)
Dutch road fatalities per 1 million inhabitants; 34 (2019) (edited)