A tragedy struck in a town where I used to work. Two cars with teenagers and young adult were on their way to eat a burger at the local restraurant “The Golden Seagull” which is a nickname for McDonald.
They were going at normal speed like I used to due some 10 years ago before our government increased punishments for speeding. We are talking of only 70 miles per hour.
But the fact was that the driver only had his license for four months. He was inexperienced!
They struck a pot hole and rammed into a van standing on a private property.
The result were that 2 teenage girls aged 16 and 17 lost their lives. The driver remains as we speak in critical condition. Only the future can tell if he survives.
Not many week ago another driver was heavily fined for killing a person. So we already have tough laws and severe sentences.
Of course such an accident leaves us to think if something like that could be prevented. My heart goes out to the families, who have suffered such a loss.
But it is too easy to speak of increased punishment. Even in such a situation we have to remember that we also have a responsibility for the society. In Danish firms speeding is celebrated, because we are normally talking about employees who are willing to to the extra mile in order to faithfully serve the firm and secure jobs for his or her colleagues. It is a proud thing to do.
That why our politicians also have to think about if they take the very small edge away which means jobs and export from the Danish industry if they increase punishments. Alone since they began to mount cameras along the roads several places in Denmark last autumn the number of people who have lost their jobs have increased. We are talking of families who have to accept a foreclosure on their homes. Personal tragedies, suicides etc.
So it is a balance. I do personally believe that we have reach a turning point. We have to choose between road safety or an economical collapse of our society.
I hope that our policians choose not to go after a small group of inexperienced drivers on the cost of the rest of the society.
Of course choosing to keep the welfare society we are proud of does not make the suffering of these three families less, but we have to remember that everytime we choose to leave our home, we do it well knowing that we could loose our lives.
Life is dangerous and it ends with death with an almost 100 percent certainly.
RIP Louise Kraft and Kamilla Hvolbæk, who departed this world to soon.