Originally Posted by Pogiboy
driver was drunk. he should do jailtime. no excuses.
The driver caused the accident and he was impaired.
I also believe there should be vehicle inspections annually in all states and ridiculous setups like that one in the picture should be pulled over and checked by police if there is any reasonable doubt of it's safety.
Reasonable doubt of a safely constructed vehicle to me is as simple as 40 inch tires under a half ton truck. The police should have the tools they need to protect the public from the idiotic cheap ass bros who put 10K dollars worth of tires and shocks on a half ton rig with half ton brakes. Pull them over and ask to see the inspection paperwork from that required annual inspection.
All these California vehicle code requirements to have bumpers at a certain height that won't decapitate people in smaller cars, headlights aimed properly to not blind people, brakes that stop the vehicle in a certain maximum distance, all the codes mean nothing if there is no one who will enforce them.
Sorry if I sound like an advocate of a police state, I'm far from it. But I have a problem with people who make unsafe modifications to their trucks that turn them into lethal weapons and then drive in a manner that does not respect that. It's no different that walking around a grocery store with a revolver with one bullet in it, spinning it and pointing it at random people and pulling the trigger to see if it goes bang. Tired of watching idiot college kids driving around my town in half ton trucks with stock brakes and 40 inch tires, 15MPH over the speed limit and yakking on the cell phone the whole time. What happens when they look up and there is a compact car stopped short in the road for whatever reason? That person is getting killed!
Proper height bumpers and headlights, tires with good tread on them, adequate brakes that will stop in a panic situation, and a driver that is not high, drunk, or talking on a cell phone should be a basic requirement for any vehicle allowed on public roads.
Oh yeah, anyone who walks through a parking lot talking on their phone and not paying attention should rethink that. I drive a stock height 2wd truck with an aluminum work shell on it full of tools. There are some situations where I simply cannot see you when I am backing out. I feel really bad for this woman who died, but I also suspect she could have saved herself had she been aware of her surroundings. I really doubt that big ass truck could not be heard idleing before it was put in gear.