Last month, less than a mile from my house, a 17 year-old girl driving her 15 year-old brother home turned (on a green light). Coming at them was a modified Honda Civic — driving 70 mph in a
30 50 mph zone. (Updated thanks to a commenter who pointed out the error. —Rick) The 15 year-old didn’t make it, nor did the girlfriend of the driver. Details from the days after the accident are here and here.
Now here’s the kicker: In today’s paper, it turns out that the driver, Mike Walt, has bragged about his poor driving record. Bragged? That’s right. Mike is a member at TeamRevolution.net (click here to see all 300+posts by him). And courtesy of his website, we see that in addition to the wonderful stereo he had in his car, he also had installed a PlayStation2 and a 6.4” LCD screen. In a Honda Civic. According to the coroner, one factor in the deaths was the headlights that had been modified to point lower to the ground, potentially making it harder to see him (especially when coupled with his speed).
Just to sum up: 26 tickets in four years. From the Naperville Sun: “Seven tickets for speeding, two for failure to slow to avoid an accident, two for driving too fast for conditions and one for leaving the scene of an accident.” His driver’s license had been suspended or revoked at least twice in the past two years.
All of this leads me to wonder: exactly what does it take to revoke someone’s driving privileges for life?