Recently, there’s been several auto accidents throughout Minnesota involving drivers hitting high speeds while going in the wrong lane.
On Monday, a Woodbury, Minn. man was arrested for going nearly 100 miles per hour in the wrong lane nearby St. Paul. About two weeks ago, a man in southern Minnesota hit a 16-year-old head on while driving in the wrong lane. The driver died, but the 16-year-old escaped with minor injuries. Before that, a 23-year-old died after driving the wrong way on I-35E.
A lot of times, when people hear about these audacious crimes, they dismissively suggest cruel and unusual punishment. Of course, that’s not how we operate in America and that’s a good thing. Our justice system may be severely flawed, but that doesn’t mean we should start hacking off limbs and orifices to prove a point. However, when it comes to the shockingly selfish act of driving in the wrong lane and endangering others, I say throw the book at’em. Automatic felony. Permanently revoked license. That’s attempted murder, every time. That should be a short day in court and a long time in prison.
I’ve been in just one auto accident. A minor one. I was hit on my passenger side by an F-150 a few winters ago. It jolted me, but I could’ve driven home if my car was still operable. The worst part was the months thereafter. It was needing that extra second at intersections to peek around corners to be sure I was clear. It was a fear of passing cars on highways. It was becoming someone who constantly rides the breaks.
What happens to a 16-year-old who, when trying to pass a semi on the interstate, becomes pinned as a Lincoln Town Car barrels toward him at 90 miles per hour? How does he survive that crash? When he’s recovered, how does he ever get behind the wheel again?