Casualties of a Binge of Antisocial Motoring

This week’s New York Times article zeroed in on one of the many victims of a two-year period of especially reckless behavior on America’s streets and highways. It’s a phenomenon that’s widely noted in conversations and comments sections around the country. Some ascribe the mayhem to pandemic-related effects on behavior, while others see it as part of a more general breakdown in civility and respect for others. As the article alludes to, this traffic-flow criminality has also flourished because police–for a variety of reasons–have backed off enforcement of these laws, particularly. Solutions will be difficult to impose even as life “returns to normal,” but one measure would surely have a bracing effect: The preemptory seizure of vehicles operated by, say, anyone who has failed to show up in court (or pay a fine) on a previous traffic offense.

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