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Young, Unsafe, Male Drivers are a Problem - Media to Blame?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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The editorial in today's Province newspaper says it all:

" ... five times more men that women were killed in auto wrecks in 2012, the most recent year for which there are statistics ..."


Vancouver driving instructor Himat Gill told the Province ( Tuesday Jun 14/14 article) that it's because:

" men 16 to 70 think they know everything..."

Dr. Ian Pike of the B.C. Injury Research and Prevention Unit told the Province that in may be because of:

" the male brain" and indicated that " there's some research that shows the front lobes of the brains of young males don't develop or close as quickly as females."

But is there more to it?

Is there anything else underlying the question of why males are being killed at a disproportionate rate on B.C.'s roadways?

Have a look at the headline found at page C3 of today's Province newspaper:

" She's up for the Challenge(r) ... American Muscle: The growl of this road-ripping V* babe magnet is music to the ears"

The article found under this headline may be a key part of the problem.

How so?

Alexandra Straub, article speaks glowingly of the 2014 Dodge Challenger and it 372 horse power engine:

" Igniting the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T invigorates the rearwheel drive beast. It shimmies to life as the rumble of it's 5.7L, V8 is awoken from its slumber."

Could it be that the media has a role to play when it comes to tackling this serious problem?

Is there any merit to the argument that the NEED FOR SPEED culture is partially a creation of our media?

Can the media play a role to play in rectifying the horrendous situation we currently face on our roadways?

What do you think?


Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers




Category: Car Accidents

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