Epidemic on Whidbey Island

Author:Ken Wolf

Recent headlines and articles in the local fishwrappers confirm “that motor vehicles create a reasonable likelihood that humans, domestic animals or property will be jeopardized,” and is now an epidemic.

Head-on collision sends five to hospital; December 22, 2012

http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/184525831.html

Whidbey highway crashes injure six, send three to Harborview; December 28, 2012

http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/185098401.html

Pedestrian killed on Highway 20; January 3, 2013

http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/185553591.html

Teen driver escapes icy crash on Saratoga Road unharmed; January 4, 2013

http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/185713371.html

Loose chihuaha and screaming man prompt 911 calls | Oak Harbor scanner; December 26, 2012

http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/184822691.html

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 At 8 a.m., a caller reported a car accident at the intersection of NW Second Avenue and NW Heller Street.

At 12:38 p.m., a NE Nunan Loop resident reported someone drove a pickup truck over his yard.

Thursday, December  13, 2013 At 11:12 a.m., a caller reported a car accident at the intersection of SW Barlow Street and SW Barrington Drive

Friday, December  14, 2012 At 10:58 a.m., a caller reported a car accident on SE Pioneer Way.

At 6:38 p.m., a caller reported a vehicle hit a parked car and fled the scene at a Highway 20 location.

At 6:55 p.m., a caller reported a car struck a dog at a NW Elwha Street location.

Sunday, December 16, 2012 At 6:49 a.m., a caller reported a vehicle in the ditch on N. Oak Harbor Street.

Monday, December 17, 2012 At 11:35 a.m., a caller reported a car accident at a Highway 20 location.

At 4:32 p.m., a caller reported a hit-and-run car accident in a SW Erie Street parking lot.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 At 1:07 p.m., a caller reported a car accident at the intersection of Highway 20 and SE Cabot Drive.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 At noon, a caller reported a car accident at the intersection of Highway 20 and SW Barrington Drive.

Friday, December 21, 2012 At 1:15 p.m., a caller reported a car accident on Highway 20.

At 9:29 p.m., a caller reported a car accident near a SE Barrington Drive business.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 At 5:14 p.m., a caller reported a car accident at the intersection of NE Goldie Street and Highway 20.

Monday, December 24, 2012 At 12:28 p.m., a caller reported a car collided with a concrete barrier at a S. Oak Harbor Street location,

Island County Commissioners have yet to act on a draft resolution that would end the carnage.  How many more humans, domestic animals or property will be jeopardized before this new ordinance is approved?

Whidbey Citizens Push to Amend Island County Code Related to Motor Vehicles; December 4, 2012

http://www.islandpolitics.org/?p=7615#more-7615

3 comments

  1. avatar

    Ken, Homalone and HPJ answered your question with this brain fartte:
    “What is the cost of a life?”

    That means we need to ban all firearms from the Islands because there have been firearm deaths here on the Islands:

    society we all take risks, every time we choose to drive our roadways there is a risk that another driver can cause us harm or injury.
    Wildlife is also a risk for drivers, every year there are deer and car collisions which to my knowledge has never caused a death here on the Island but the potential is always there.
    We should consider removing all of the deer from the Island or fencing our roadways off because after all “What is the cost of a life?”

    The threat to life here on he Islands does not stop there. What about fire? Can a neighbor’s recreational fire get out of control? Certainly it can and it certainly can cause deaths and property damage but are we advocating stopping all burning in Island County?
    Now with Homalone history it’s up to HPJ and her new puppet, Jill the shill, to approve Angie’s gun law

  2. avatar

    If the Board of Island County Commissioners (BOICC) fails to enact new county code that either ends this car-carnage outright throughout Island County entirely, or, alternately, fails to empower citizens to petition them to create “no-driving” areas in Island County wherein citizens simply feel that the driving of cars is simply too potentially dangerous (within hundreds of feet from their homes, for example), they obviously are not doing enough to protect the citizenry.

    After all, we KNOW that the BOICC has the power to regulate things like lowering the speed limits on Island County roads. Heck, practically when she first came into office, Angie “home-alone” Homola made doing so practically her #1 priority on West Beach Road, directly adjacent to her home!

    “County cuts West Beach speed limit”
    http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/53611167.html

    But, something tells me…and I may be completely and utterly wrong about this, but I feel as if, maybe, just maybe, this piece by Ken about automobiles is some kind of allegory about the BOICC’s recent forays into creating laws about firearms at the county level.

    Proposed Island County gun rules rile residents
    http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/180631941.html

    In that case, maybe our duly elected officials should pay heed to:

    “RCW 9.41.300
    Weapons prohibited in certain places — Local laws and ordinances — Exceptions — Penalty…

    (2) Cities, towns, counties, and other municipalities may enact laws and ordinances:

    (a) Restricting the discharge of firearms in any portion of their respective jurisdictions where there is a reasonable likelihood that humans, domestic animals, or property will be jeopardized. Such laws and ordinances shall not abridge the right of the individual guaranteed by Article I, section 24 of the state Constitution to bear arms in defense of self or others…”

    Angie “home alone” Homola was the sponsor of this legislation, and she justified this proposed shooting ban on William Watanabe’s private firing range, on his own property, by saying (as quoted in the WNT article above):

    ““This is just an opportunity to address the needs of citizens.

    “I don’t get to pick and choose what people come and ask me for,” she said. “People have come and said they are afraid for their lives and they would like an opportunity to protect themselves and can you please help.””

    Afraid for their lives? “I don’t get to pick and choose….”???? The people who ARE NOT target shooting would like an opportunity to “protect themselves”?

    My suggestion: get a .22 rifle and/or pistol and practice lots of target shooting so you can begin to learn how to protect yourself.

    Yup, folks, Angie “home-alone” Homola never missed an opportunity to call into play fear-mongering and the bogus excuse “I had no choice but to…”

    Her proclivity to “play politics” in that manner is a core reason WHY she is now, literally, Angie “home alone” Homola.

    Having said that, Jill “mini-me” Johnson, so far, shows no ability to perform on the BOICC in any capacity except as Helen Price-Johnson’s cognitive clone, whose main thoughts on this proposed ban amounted to “exemptions addressing both shooting clubs and hunting are needed before she will give her support.”

    The BOICC seems NOT receptive to lowering the speed limit to “zero” anywhere on any public roads in Island County, regardless of how many people are being injured or killed due to car-carnage.

    Yet, somehow, based on the logic of voter-ousted Angie “home alone” Homola (who further justified her proposed shooting ban asking ““I guess I would ask what is the cost of a life?””), they are willing to conclude that a “a reasonable likelihood” of danger exists if a person responsibly sets up and operates a target shooting range on private property?

    “Mini-me”: take heed: you already appear to be on a vector aimed at being a one-term County Commissioner. If you want to lengthen that vector, just keep doing what you are doing.

  3. avatar

    “But, something tells me…and I may be completely and utterly wrong about this, but I feel as if, maybe, just maybe, this piece by Ken about automobiles is some kind of allegory about the BOICC’s recent forays into creating laws about firearms at the county level.”

    BillB, You are correct.

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