Sunday, March 4, 2007

Run from the police, deal with the consequences.

In regard to the Last weekend's deaths of the Quad biking kiddies following a chase with the ROP-

Let me preface this comment by saying that I love quadbiking, mororcycles, and cars. There is not greater passion (after my husband and daughter) in my life than the love I have for motorsport.

What the hell are the quad bikers doing tearing around in neighbourhoods when we have a country blessed with sand dunes and dirt roads just made for quad biking? The bausher dunes are no more than fifteen minutes from anywhere in central muscat. It's not like this in NYC or London and there is no where else available for them to ride.

We've got kids and teens on quadbikes racing up and down the streets here in our neighbourhood. They are a nusance because of the noise and the danger they pose to the hundreds of small children playing in the streets and empty lots. Despite requests from the entire neighbourhood, they have consistently exibited a disregard for the needs of anyone but themselves. I am ashamed to admit it, but when I heard about this yesterday I was secretly hoping it was the ones on my block who died.

The story as I heard it, was that they were caught freewheeling by the ROP, who tried to confront them to stop. On seeing the ROP they tried to escape, eventually running through an intersection, and being crushed by a vahicle that had the right of way and didn't see them coming. As much as I grieve for the parents, it seems that these guys suffered the consequences of thier own actions.
  • Freewheeling where they shouldn't,
  • Running from the police,
  • endangering the lives of others in the course of the chase.

Unforgivably selfish actions. I feel the saddest for whomever was driving the car that hit them, he or she will have to live with the image for the rest of thier lives.

I've said this before, and I"ll keep saying it until someone listens;
  1. We need the Auto Club or an independant investor to create an environment for motorsport here in the SUltanate. A Drag strip, A track, space for quad biking, and the oppertunity to train drivers and bikers on racing techniques. A controlled, designated place for the kids and the adults to race.
  2. We need better driver education. Any Idiot with a lisence can instruct drivers here, and that's not on.
  3. Then the ROP needs a Zero-tolerance policy to racing and quadbiking in the neighbourhoods. You get Caught, your vehicle is impounded on the spot, your driving lisence revoked, and you can spend the night in Jail.

more from here as it happens


muscati said...

I'm sorry, but these are kids that you're talking about. They aren't licensed. They didn't take a driving exam. No one taught them driver's ed. The zero tolerance policy should apply to their parents who are stupid enough to buy these killing machines for their kids. The policy should be thus: if kids are caught driving quads in residential areas their father gets called in by the police, the quads are confiscated for good, a large fine is levied on him. If the kids do it again, the parent suffers a larger penalty.

Why are motorcycle dealers allowed to sell quads to kids in the first place?

In this particular case that you're talking about, two kids died. One of whom didn't even own a quad. It was his friends'. I mean you try and try to protect your kids from harm but you can't control their environment 24/7. His parents wouldn't let him drive a quad, he went and drove one in his friend's house. Yes it was fate.. but that doesn't make it any less painful.

Suburban said...

Agreed, the parents who allowed them access to the bikes, without enforcing appropriate use are equally to blame, though I think they are suffering the worst punishment of all. If only we could rewind time...

THat said, there is a certain age (I think around 8) where an individual has to begin to take responsibility for thier own actions. I suppose that age varies from person to person, and is highly dependant on the sort of up bringing the parents provide.

THese guys were clearly old enough to know they shouldn't have been doing what they were doing, and old enough to know that running from the police is not a responsible way to handle the situation. They suffered the tragic, but natural consequences of thier actions.

It's worth noting that as the days have gone by, the rumours surrounding this matter have gotten wilder and wilder. Yet there hasn't been a word in the papers to clarify the situation. High profile news items should be accompanied by a ROP press release stating the unbiased facts, and putting a stop to the hurtfull and unneccirry rumours. The families are in enough pain as it is.

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for your warning people and trying to raise awareness, but with all due respect when it comes to dealing with kids, you dont know what your talking about. You dont have an inkling of a clue about these kids or their lives or the blood, sweat and tears that went into trying to raise them right. And about feeling sorry for the person driving the car, who btw did not have a license, that's bollocks.

You dont have to have a license for a quad bike, and when your barely 15 and diagnosed with ADHD, you don't fucking care.

you need to think about what you say before saying it.

And yes, the ROP were wrong, surprise surprise.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Anon, I know you must be upset if you knew the boys. But 15 is certainly old enough to know what you are doing. You do have to have a license to drive a quad on the streets. And blasting around with no helmet, running from the Police, through traffic, is just asking for something bad to happen. Which it did. It is their fault.

Yes, of course its terrible for the parents and friends. Maybe they should have thought about that a bit more too, and had more respect for their own lives.

But the attitude they displayed - ADHD or not - is the attitude that usually gets other people, innocent people, hurt or killed. And afterwards they're so sorry. This time, at least it was not someone innocent. How would you feel towards them if they had run into your sister or mother and killed them while they were having such a great laugh running from the ROP and only caring about themselves?

Anonymous said...

I'm not saying that they have no blame whatsoever because clearly they do. People do dangerous things all the time, fully realizing the consequences and doing it anyways. Do they deserve to die as a punishment for being reckless? If someone loves diving as a sport but one day gets bitten by a poisonous sea snake and dies, will they have 'gotten what was coming to them?'

and yes, I do know both boys very well, which is why I'm replying to your post, simply because I am getting tired of people discussing this issue when they don't know half the story.

If you knew the boys at all, you would know what I'm talking about. It's so easy to judge from afar. Trust me, the situation is not so black and white when you look closer is what I'm saying.

Suburban said...

anon @04:28

First off, my condolences for your loss. How tragic for you, and the famalies. I'm sure they were gorgeous, funny, and fantastic boys who will be missed tremendously. No parent should have to outlive thier child.

My words sounded angry, and that's because I am angry. I am growing tired of seeing needless deaths on the roads, and young lives being blown away for nothing.

No one here has said that they, or anyone "diserved to die". I think most are underlining the fact that what happened was a direct consequence of thier actions. It's sad, it's tragic, it's unfair, but it's a possible consequence of a variety of bad choices. Choices made not just by them but by the parents, the ROP, the unlisenced driver, and the community at large.

Everything we do in life has potential consequences, which we all accept as a risk when we engage in activities. Diving, horseback riding, Driving F1 cars, or eating at a dodgy shwarma joint. Each action has possible rewards, and possible consequences and in making your choices you are agreeing to an unwritten contract todeal with the consequences, positive and negative.

Assigning blame is not really the direction I wanted this discussion to take. Awareness of personal and community accountability and possible momentum to start providing better outlets for the youth to burn off thier youthfull exhuberance was more the goal I had in mind.

I'd suggest we close the topic for further discussion. Let's all go forward and think about how we, as parents, friends and neighbours can prevent these sort of tragedies from happening. That was the original point of this entery.