You misunderstand me. I responded to Chopwatch’s call for the police to be, “making contact with occupied derelict vehicles with registration violations to check license, registration and insurance”. Specifically, I think their focus on the poor and homeless is disproportionate and misguided given the subject of traffic violence. I am not anti-enforcement, rather I am against disproportionate use of enforcement vs other safety tools such as infrastructure design, education and certification and technological advancement (speed limiters on GPS enabled cars, etc). And specifically with Chopwatch’s many posts and comments focusing on the poor and homeless people, I reject the idea that we can simply police “problematic” people into compliance or out of existence.
Most every new car has some form of telematics, in which it has GPS, speed, and many times speed limit data available in real time. But when these tragedies are reported I rarely, if ever, hear calls to control or police relatively well off drivers. It just seems both prejudicial and punching down to point at someone living in their car as the cause of “lawlessness” when we ask so little of drivers in general. People constantly speed, and many of our roads are designed in a way that kills people. But sure, the poor are the problem, /s.
If you take issue with unregistered drivers (which annoys me too), I think we need to create or fortify programs to help people register their vehicles. If they can’t pass smog, either help people fix their cars or provide viable alternatives to driving. Currently, public transportation is a woefully inadequate substitute for may people. Alternatives to driving a crappy car around need to be expanded before we criminalize people trying to survive. And if people are living in their cars, we need to provide housing for them, not prosecute them into loosing their current home/shelter.