Sunday, March 3, 2013

Young people and bad choices. police chase--what else can they do?

It appears that a police chase, late on Sunday night had its origins in a car theft on Saturday. Whether the occupants in the car that crashed after the chase were the perpetrators of the theft is yet to be determined, but the results could well be a multiple death toll.
The young female teenagers had allegedly been involved in anti-social behaviours in a cafĂ© at Mission Bay late on Sunday night. Numerous calls were received by the police about the ‘carryings on’ of the young people. One would suspect that alcohol was involved, but that has yet to be determined. What followed was a short chase by the police and the car crashed leaving the lives of the occupants hanging on a string.
The families of these young women will now have to wait and hope that their daughter s will survive. It has to be said that the decision to ‘run’ from the police and the behaviours leading to this crash are the causal factors, not the fact that the police gave chase. So often in the past, we have had fingers levelled at the police for their decisions to pursue fleeing drivers, often resulting in tragic deaths.
Once again, the police face the dilemma of choosing to chase or letting the drivers go, to possibly be followed up at a later time. If the latter decision is made, that puts at risk other road users who may become victims of the bad decisions of those who ‘steal cars, act in an irresponsible and dangerous manner thereby dragging innocents into the actions of what can only be described as criminal behaviours.
Now we have the sad possibility of families facing multiple funerals or at the very least lives diminished by one stupid act; lives that will need a massive amount of taxpayer money to put together the bodies that have been damaged in the crash.
Sadly, it seems that the lessons have not been learned. When will we see the next deaths from such occurrences?