There’s not much left for the Woke to target, but “speeders” will do. There is a lack of equity on the road, you see. Some drivers going faster than others.
And “getting away with it.”
Mayor Pete Buttigieg – now a federal “secretary,” the innocuous-sounding term given to people who function as national-level dictators within the area of their fief – wants to make sure they don’t by making sure they pay for it. All of them. All of the time. Or as close to that as possible. He wants to do that by erecting a national grid of automated speed enforcement cameras that would “self-enforce” speed limits and thus achieve the equity of velocity he seeks.
No one should be able to get from A to B faster than anyone else. That’s racist, probably. Everything is racist to the Woke. It serves as th excuse for what they don’t like – and the means for shutting up those the Woke don’t like.
Hey, what about those black numbers on a white background . . . ?
Of course, it’s mainly another money grab – as is almost always the case when it comes to everything the government does. If there isn’t any money it, there’s little appeal to it. At the end of the day, the government wants to get paid. And so do the remora-like entities that depend on government for much of their business. This includes the insurance business, which has made a lot of money off of “speeders.” Any system that makes it feasible to catch more “speeders” means more money for them, too.
But there’s more to this than just money.
If Mayor-now-Secretary Pete succeeds in establishing velocity equity he will have succeeded in greatly furthering what those who are aware of Mayor-Sectretary Pete’s long-term plan has always been. Which is to make transportation, itself, more “equitable” – by making it the same for everyone.
You cannot “speed” when you ride the government’s bus.
Or, for that matter, get going at your own speed. You go when – and where – government planers like Mayor-Secretary Pete decide. If you go back and read his public utterances on the subject you will find out for yourself.
Of course, he does not out it exactly that way.
Here is how he does put it:
“Our goal is zero deaths, a country where one day nobody has to say goodbye to a loved one because of a traffic crash.” And how would this “zero deaths” objective be achieved? By eliminating anything that might cause a crash. Not just “speeding” but also driving, since the act entails at least the possibility of crashing (and dying) irrespective of speed.
A parked car hits no one.
To make sure more cars are parked, Mayor-Secretary Pete wants fewer roads. The Department of Transportation will provide “guidance” – that word keeps cropping up – toward that end. States, cities and counties will be encouraged to “. . . embrace safer road design such as dedicated bike and bus lanes . . .” so as to ” . . . make them safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.”
Ideally, to make them nonexistent – for privately owned cars.
Most of is “tolerated” it quite well, thank you very much – because it’s not a “crisis” except insofar as it provides another shrill – and purposely exaggerated – talking point for hysterics who prey on the fears of idiots. Do people occasionally die in car crashes? Of course. They also occasionally die from any of an almost limitless possible life-enders, such as falling down the stairs or having an unexpected heart attack.
Speaking of which.
In fact, it’s an opportunity. Consider the way the bulk of the country’s population was cowed into giving up their freedom to move over the “threat” they were told had manifested in the form a a virus that didn’t kill 99.8 something of the not-elderly/not-already very sick population. Cars kill a fraction of that fraction and almost all of that is not the result of “speeding” but rather of not paying attention.
Driver inattentiveness and its amigo-along-for-the-ride, driver incompetence, are the chief problems, if the problem you’re trying to reduce is avoidable traffic accidents and fatalities. But Mayor-Secretary Pete has something more comprehensive in mind – and velocity equity will help him achieve it by making it not worth it for people to bother with owning a car they’re constantly punished for driving if they drive it any way that people such as Mayor-Secretary Pete frown upon.
Assuming there are even roads left to drive them on.
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