Well, my "I'm a Street Racer" column in the print edition of Wheels last Saturday generated the expected response.
The vast majority of the comments I have got via e-mail have been on my side - agreeing that the "you're automatically a street racer if you're 50 over the limit" is not only a violation of the "innocent-until-proven-guilty" premise of British common law, but is less-than-worthless when it comes to traffic safety, because not only does IT not do anything worthwhile, it takes scarce police resources away from initiatives that could help.
I did get a few e-mails along the lines of "You're an idiot" and "I can barely contain my outrage", and my print editor says that the supportive comments tend to come to ME, while the angry ones go to HIM. He'll be publishing a representative sample soon.
I am also told that an official response from O. P. P. Commissioner Julian Fantino's office is on its way too. I would love to sit down with Commissioner Fantino to discuss this and other issues, and maybe we can make that happen. We all have the same goals; we obviously have differences of opinion on how best to achieve those goals.
And, not to be maudlin or anything, but if like the "outraged" guy noted above, you don't think I have any sympathy for the friends and families of traffic casualties, I should tell you that before I was even born, my then five-year old would-have-been-my-sister was run over and killed by a truck, right in front of our house. No-one was at fault; it was just one of those tragic things.
That was about 65 years ago, and the ramifications are still being felt in our family.
That episode has, I believe, informed everything I have ever written on traffic safety. I KNOW the pain a traffic death can cause, which is why I work so hard to find solutions that WORK, that are based on FACTS (e.g., our safest roads happen to be our fastest roads), and that while we do have among the safest roads in North America, we can do better by looking at what other jurisdictions do better than we do.
Comments of course always welcome.