Too many accidents , too many deaths from scooters/motos. Enforcement is not going to happen.
Lives will continue to be lost. There are reportedly ten people dying every day on the streets of Taiwan from accidents. MOre then 2 thirds of them scooter related.
Taiwan society is not going to enforce laws. Taiwan society is not going to ban scoots.
But a major step in the right direction is to forbid anyone else but the rider/driver to be on one.
Scoots should not be used for carrying families. Should not be used for carrying anyone.
They need to remain highly agile, and carrying passengers make most scoots / motos less agile. Less able to avoid accidents.
Also in many cases the passenger is the one that dies.
Some years ago I was with my mother after her brain surgury. There were 2 other patients in the same room with my mom for the week or so after her surgury.
My moms surgury went very well. The same can not be said for the other two patients there.
I wont forget them.
One of them was a taiwanese lady in her late 20s. She was resigned to die. She was having her third brain surgury in the last few years to remove cancerous tumors that keep growing . There was not going to be along term solution or hope to her. She was destined to die within the next few months or perhaps a few years. Her mom and her both told me this. It was very sad. They had a tape recorder and were playing (softly) some buddhist chants the whole time.
The other patient. This one perhaps even sadder. Because her mom and dad (who came to see her daily) were at the stage where they consider her dead already. She was not expected to come out of her coma. Although there seemed to be hope. I felt there was hope anyway.
I think she was about 19. She didnt seem completely comatose, but instead she seemed to be able to recognize things around her, at least to a small extent. She didnt seem in pain. She could sleep and turn herself over when needed. But she couldnt talk and made no noise.
When she was 16 she was on a scooter with her boyfriend at the shihlin night market.
HEr boyfriend hit a taxi head on. He broke both of his legs, but eventually 100pct recovered. The taxi driver was not hurt. But she was thrown against the windshield (no helmet) and everyone expected her to die on the operating table.
But the doctors were able to “save” her. But her parents wished that they had let her die on the table. Because they have run the gamut of emotion. And have now resigned themselves in the belief that their daughter is already in a better place. What remains is only a shell. ON the surface living, but not sure if the soul is still in the body.
I remain convinced that there is hope because she wasnt completely comatose. I didnt think she was completely gone. But what do i know.
What I do know is that if scoots had no rear seat and no passengers were ever allowed, that she wouldnt be in the state she was in. At least not from that accident.
Its not a knee jerk reaction, my reaction to this accident. Its from knowing what the situation is and knowing that:
- laws will not be enforced before our Lord Christ returns to Earth.
- Scoots will not be banned and will continue to be on the streets in great numbers.
- Such tragedies will continue to be, unless passengers are banned.
Iv seen with my own eyes too many tragedies involving scoots/motos in Taiwan.
Iv seen a man with his head cracked open on the road to wulai when he was bumped off his scoot.
Theres too many iv seen.
The carnage continues. Enforcement of laws is wishful thinking. Everyone winning the lotto all at once is a more real posibility.