The U.S.’s Royal Class
Radley Balko has a good post on how many of our politicians see themselves as being above the “little laws” that the rest of us peasants have to obey. It notes that the Royal Governor of the Principality of New Jersey managed to get himself hurt by having his motorcade blast down the freeway at 90+ miles per hour (Lord Corzine was late for a meeting with Don Imus and the Rutger’s womens basketball team after all). And now how after the accident Lord Corzine had his motorcade zipping away from the hospital at over 70+ miles per hour (posted speed limit is 55).
Following the links we get this blog post about how a DC motorcade caused a pretty bad accident.
There was a motorcade of some sort coming South on 16th Street NW. As it approached the intersection with V St. NW, the light was red for the motorcade. But it didn’t stop. The Cherokee, which had a green light and was merely going straight onto V St. NW, came into the path of the first of the oncoming police cruisers. It collided with the Cherokee.
After the collision, the police car ricocheted off the Cherokee and directly into the light pole. The Cherokee was hit so hard that it spun 270 degrees before lodging itself beneath the Budget truck.
So, basically, government fucks over yet another of its citizens. Just so that Dick Cheney or whomever could get home thirty seconds faster, this motorcade plowed into a citizen who was, unlike our leaders, law-abiding. We started speculating as to whom would pay the claim. Would the city pay the Cherokee driver’s expenses? Would his insurance have to cover it? Would his rates go up solely as the result of the police motorcade’s mistake?
Fortunately the injuries were minor, and in the case of Lord Corzine the only person he came close to killing was himself. But my guess is that sooner or later one of these Royal Motorcades will kill an innocent person who is obeying the law while one our Royal leaders is breaking the law to get to a dinner party or visit his mistress.
Addendum: Just thought I’d add that in the motorcade/accident linked above, the rest of the motorcade sped off leaving the scene of the accident.