You have a good point about blaming the speeder, but the penalty just for running would certainly be harsh within the US justice system.
This has the potential to create a political backlash against motorcycling. We are talking about the Beltway area, and whether we like it or not, decisions made in around the nation's capital can affect us all.
Blaming the police, and I'm not saying the cop who crashed was totally in the right, misses the point. He, or she, was enforcing the law. What I see lacking from many here is admitting that the biker was in the wrong and that only accentuates the notion that motorcylists have the right to drive as fast as they want, anywhere they want.
I've had guys blow by me on the Beltway and frankly it's dangerous. Hell, the Beltway is dangerous anyway, and when someone flys by at 120 sooner or later someting bad will happen.
I would not want to ride a bike in Prince Georges county for a while.
That is a fine, indistinguishable, and illusive line you're trying to draw there. It sounds good, but one leads to the other. Not all the time, but you don't know when it will or won't until after it happens. Hence, the risk. Speeding is speeding. Reckless driving is reckless driving. It's a different charge for a reason. Been there, seen that. Numerous times. You'll have to try to convince someone who doesn't know any better.
"Enemies of the homeland, particularly those behind the scenes, I will give you a name: Globovision. Greetings gentlemen of Globovision, you should watch where you are going. I recommend you take a tranquilizer and get into gear, because if not, I am going to do what is necessary." - Hugo Chavez, May 30.
Oh, yeah, this hero of the left is going to do great things for his country. He's not at all nuts.
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