Saying that cost is a driving force behind further delays in implementing a graduated driver training course MLA Arden McLean said that too much practice with an instructor could put a drivers license out of reach, financially, for a number of license candidates.
The example given was that if 40 hours of instruction were required at $25 dollars an hour, it would cost $1,000 for people to get a drivers license. This, some say, is just too expensive. However, compare this proposed $1,000 worth of driver training to the cost of new car costing thousands of dollars, with hundreds or thousands of dollars of modifications, hurtling down the road at an ungodly speed shortly before crashing into another car killing multiple people, hospitalizing others – triggering automobile and medical insurance claims - and suddenly $1,000 is cheap compared to the nearly $10,000 it costs to bury someone and the tens of thousands of dollars of immediate and long-term care it costs to rehab a car crash victim.
Suddenly $1,000 for training is a small price to pay.
In the Caymanian Compass story Arden said, "I cannot put a price on it (instructor's services), that's free enterprise." Let me get this straight: you can't put a price on vital instruction that could possibly save lives, but you CAN put a price tag on what people have to pay to learn how to not kill people with their cars - and the price of the privilege of driving is quantifiable, yet the cost of preventing death is not? Driver instruction is free enterprise.
Well Arden, apparently so is an inexperienced driver killing themselves and others with an automobile. You've just told us all that free enterprise - when applied to a privilege and not a right - is more important than public safety and welfare. Good job.
When will the government pull their collective heads out of their collective asses and realize that driving is NOT a right – it is a privilege. And it is a privilege that should be reserved for those persons who drive within the construct of the laws and who respect the deadly serious privilege with which they have been entrusted?
Fourteen or 15 people were killed on roads last year, and McLean is concerned about drivers instructors charging too much or kids being required to practice with an instructor for 40 hours? If there is any possibility that an extra 20 hours could have saved even one of those lives, then Arden's logic of economic hardship driving the possible exclusion of valuable driver training as being cost-prohibitive is an abortion of political negligence.
If the kids or the families can’t afford to take the time to learn this potentially deadly skill – and learn it to such a level as to not go out and kill someone – then tough!! It's okay to spend hundreds of dollars to learn how to dive - during which time you could kill yourself - but to spend hundreds of dollars to learn a skill that could prevent not only yourself but others around from dying is unfair? Arden - and everyone else who buys into this rubbish - you're an idiot.
For God’s sake man! Wake up!! Forty hours is nothing and $1,000 is cheap if the system – properly implemented – has any chance of changing the driving habits of the under-supervised, over-privileged, under-disciplined, irresponsible and over-coddled youth of this nation who stand a much higher chance of being in and causing a deadly accident than a more experienced driver.
You know what it’s going to take? It’s going to take one person in the government sprouting a testicle or two to stand up and say, “NO MORE.” No more senseless road deaths. No more licensing punks and irresponsible jerks who do not have the skills or the respect for the road to be afforded the privilege of driving. No more sacrificing privileges for rights to the physical detriment and economic ruin of others. And no more putting up with parents who allow their children to modify their cars so as to be able to brazenly ignore road safety laws, thereby endangering themselves and others. NO MORE.
Besides, MLAs have a hard enough time navigating the roads delivering their own letters and skipping vital cabinet meetings – keeping bad drivers off the road might actually help them do their jobs.
Here’s a challenge to the government: make a commitment to your residents, young and old, that you will not continue to sit idly by and do nothing as people die in a horrible fashion when you have the power to make a difference.
There’s a saying regarding getting things done: to make an omelet you gotta break a few eggs. I’d rather the government break eggs than some punk with a racecar break necks.