I’ll never again need to explain why I advocate

I’ve discussed at length in the past the reasons I advocate for safer streets.

Now, all of that is superfluous. I can just show you this video of an elderly woman getting hit by a van instead.

WARNING: This might be tough for many of you to watch, but I hope you will. Nothing has ever painted the problems on our streets more succinctly. As Robert Wright suggested on Twitter, imagine it’s your mother (or grandmother).

The woman, 72-year-old Maude Savage, waits patiently for the light to change, looks both ways, and begins to cross. Out of nowhere comes a van, its driver accelerating the machine from a dead stop in turning from Euclid Avenue onto Sutter Avenue near the Cypress Hills Houses in East New York.

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Ms. Savage attempts to dodge the van, but she has no chance. (Screenshot from The Daily News)

Unfortunately, the only criminality suspected was third degree aggravated unlicensed operation and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. His maximum penalty: 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. And that’s only because the driver, Robert Brown, was unlicensed.

I’m hopeful incoming District Attorney Ken Thompson will levy “criminal negligence” charges against Brown on his first day in office. The streets will be safer with him off the roads – and perhaps it will serve as a reminder to drivers around the city that one mistake could turn their car into a deadly weapon.

Props to The Daily News for obtaining and publicizing this video.

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