|A New York City bus: this one isn't being badly driven -|
but that doesn't mean it should be above the law
|"Your choices behind the wheel matter": a message that,|
100 years after Quintinshill, shouldn't need spelling out -
but clearly does.
|A rescue locomotive prepares to haul a train at Crewe, on the|
modern West Coast Main Line. Such operations are far more
safely performed nowadays, thanks to the lessons of past
disasters such as Quintinshill.
|My bike in Prospect Park: I'm very unlikely to kill or main|
someone else while riding it. But I recognise my moral
obligation to exercise due care.
Yet, even as an 11-year-old, I came to realise after some initial reluctance that the men’s attitude was so cavalier as to be criminally culpable. Tinsley was sentenced to three years’ hard labour in prison, while Meakin was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment. No mysterious force prompted the signallers to make their errors. They acted with casual disregard for their responsibility for the fates of the hundreds of people moving about on trains around them.
It was no more inevitable that the bus would move through the crosswalk that than that someone at Quintinshill would ring the bell to tell the neighbouring signalbox to allow the troop train to proceed. His union insists that de Jesus had a good safety record. That may well be true – but I on my bicycle, drivers in their motor vehicles and anyone whose actions could harm another has a responsibility to exercise reasonable care every single time.
|The outcome of a driver's negligence in Inwood - or, if you're a|
member of Transport Workers' Union Local 100, a
There are also many different degrees of negligence - and it may well be that de Jesus, if he was negligent, was guilty of only a momentary lapse. Negligence, meanwhile, lies at the lower end of a scale of motor vehicle misuse that runs from inattention, to recklessness and can stray into acts most people would regard as terrorism.
|A sign seeking to improve safety on a road in The Wirral,|
north-west England - defying the inevitable,
if one's Ray Kelly or a TWU leader