Hamilton Hoons and Five more die
Monday 29 March 2010
Lewis Hamilton, the former automotive Formula One 'number one' had his car impounded on Friday night for alleged 'hoon' driving, having been spotted by police spinning his wheels at a busy intersection in St Kilda. Whilst many character witnesses have already jumped to his defence, with one interesting observation from Mark Webber suggesting we have a 'nanny state', there is of course another larger issue - five more people died on Victoria's roads over the weekend with speed one of the many factors
The challenge of course is that it is likely that compared to most of us, Lewis Hamilton is a very skilled driver. He does after all, spend his life behind the wheel of a car designed to travel very, very fast. And that car is so much safer than anything else we drive on our roads. And herein lies the trouble - the Grand Prix is a circus - a huge technical and marketing development program designed to, in the end, sell more cars for the manufacturers.
If true, Hamilton's actions were well out of line, despite whatever skill he has because as a member of the automotive elite, he IS a role model to others, and when the driving elite acts like hoons, others are likely to follow in his pedalsteps. And on Victoria's roads the very weekend of the Grand Prix at Albert Park we lost another five lives with a dozen more seriously injured.
Webber misses the point - Victoria isn't a nanny state because it takes away the vehicles of hoon drivers. It is a State trying to save the lives, costs and trauma of people connected to people who die. Unfortunately, the driving elite MUST be held to a higher standard of accountability,and on our streets, they must be held accountable to the SAME standard of accountability.
Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly a good driver, he just failed to dsiplay good driving whilst on a public street - we expect better
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