Thursday, May 12, 2005

At What Point Did We Start Blaming Highways for Accidents?

Moronic Interviewee of the Month Award goes to the guy whose daughter, who doesn't even have a drivers license, rolled her car while going 80 mph on brick-paved Old Lincoln Highway in Elkhorn. Interviewed Thursday on WOWT's 10 p.m. cast by the seemingly pulseless Gary Smollen, this nitwit had the nerve to suggest that the state look into making that particular stretch of road safer.

Note to dumbass: It is safe...IF YOU'RE NOT GOING 80 MILES AN HOUR!

From the news side of things, when Smollen (or producers) realized this was all they had, couldn't they have figured out another angle to take? The interview was clearly conducted in broad daylight, and Pat Persaud told us Smollen followed up the footage "reporting live," so why couldn't somebody do a little extra work and keep the idiot dad off the air altogether? Is that really asking too much?


King Vernon said...

That annoyed me too, what road in the US has a 80 mph speed limit? Something else that annoyed me is their presentation of the NE 416. They made it sound like the law prevented gays from doing, financil, furneral, hospitial planning. When the only thing it disallows is the realization of marriages or any cermony. and 3/4 of NE voted for it.

Luke said...

Note to those with self-respect: If you are to be interviewed by a TV news crew, wear a nice, stain free Polo shirt and slacks.

omatvwatcher said...

In regard to the 416 law, the judicial system is by design supposed to reign in unconstitutional laws. Just because you don't agree with the decision doesn't make it wrong. Just because the majority wants something doesn't make it right. The majority cannot impose its will simply because it has the majority, its will must follow the laws set forth by the Constitution. Otherwise, there is mob rule.

bandit75 said...

I think a story that is far scarier than Smollen's "I can't drive 55" story was the one WOWT did last week about aging drivers and whether or not they should still have licenses. 67 people over 100 still have active licenses in Nebraska? Over 600 between the ages of 90-99 are still active? The underlying message should have been "unless you want to be stuck behind four-hundred slow-moving cadillacs, stay away from Lincoln dury football season."

Magnus said...

Well, with regard to the father's request that state do something to make that stretch of road safer, I'd imagine that they probably will. It's likely that his daughter will have to wait a little longer before being eligible to apply for her license. Thus, the state really is making the road safer by keeping her off of it. Now if we could only be sure that such a punishment were being adhered to. With the population of aging drivers, out-of-control teens and meth-amped road ragers around eastern Nebraska, it's a wonder that there aren't even more of these severe accidents.

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