March XXVIIth, MMXV
Hon. Gordon Dirks, B. Ed., M. Ed., MLA, Minister of Education, Progressive Conservative, Calgary-Elbow
The Traffic Division of the Los Angeles Police Department sends in Sergeant Joe Friday to respond to a "hit & run" by a distracted delivery truck driver. Clearly with all this talk of driving while drunk, texting, or otherwise so engaged is appropriate even for Sgt. Friday & today in the news. The driver of the truck killed both a grandmother & her grandson & as always, the Sarge has to pontificate & think things out while trying to bring this distracted driver to justice.
"Many times & on many different occasions, the police officer has it proved to him that there can be very little difference between a crime of neglect & a crime that's willfully premeditated. If you look at it closely enough, you judge it for yourself. How much difference for example as far as moral guilt is concerned is there between the following?: Number one: A man who plans a killing, takes up a gun, finds his victim & shoots him to death? Or, Number two: The man who thinks he has to look out for no one's welfare but his own, gets behind the wheel of a car, disregards the rules of safety & proceeds to commit homicide with a motor vehicle? Often times the crime masquerades under the guise of an accident. Morally, no matter how you spell it, it all adds up to murder. Just as surely as if the person had taken a gun & shot his victim down!"
Source: "Dragnet", C. Columbia Broadcasting System, A Mark VII Production.