Today I got into a car with another driver whose skill behind the wheel is substantially below mine and hurdled down a narrow highway with thousands of other drivers, of unknown skill levels and states of distraction, at 100km/h. Most times, I'd criticize people for standing so close to a race course
the difference in outcome between a vehicle traveling 35 MPH vs. 135 MPH may reduce the statistical likelihood of death, but does not reduce the likelihood of (grievous) injury.
Cars are heavy, move fast, and are capable of injuring people who are near them while they move. Do we need to punish or blame those who are nearby cars that go out of control? If the family had been at the fatal intersection because they were crossing the street to go to the Little Caesar's across the street, would it be sensible to blame the family's love for cheap pizza in the death of this man?
The BLM has said safety was the responsibility of the race organizer, South El Monte-based Mojave Desert Racing. MDR's permit required racers to travel 15 mph or less when they were within 50 feet of fans, and allowed no more than 300 spectators for the event, the agency said.
there were no plans to arrest Sloppy, who the CHP estimates was going 45 to 50 mph at the time of the crash.
Tens of thousands of people were spread out along the 50-mile track
(emphasis mine - source)
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