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About that cyclist in Töölö

Lissu Moulton
Blogit Kirjeitä äidille 14.8.2015 15:43

Dear Mom,

So that cyclist who was allegedly intentionally hit by a driver in Töölö on Wednesday died yesterday.

The police have said that the a-hole… sorry… driver has been arrested on suspicion of either voluntary manslaughter under mitigating circumstances or aggravated involuntary manslaughter. That means chances are he’s at least going to get some jail time.

Personally, I hope they throw the book at him. But “the book” in Finland is a lot lighter than it is in the US.

If this same exact crime had taken place in, let’s say, New York instead of Helsinki, the driver would likely be charged with either murder or first degree manslaughter. That means he’d probably do between 5 and 25 years. Here, if he’s a first-time offender and he’s sentenced to the more serious offense of voluntary manslaughter, he might do 2.

According to this article in Business Insider, long prison sentences don’t deter crime.

And according to The Guardian, neither do short ones.

So yeah, of course it’s a complicated issue. But what’s not complicated is that a man is now dead for giving someone the finger in traffic. Someone’s son. Probably someone’s brother. Possibly someone’s father. Almost certainly someone’s friend.

And in the spirit of that middle finger and in honor of that person, I’d say that getting 2 years for that is fucked up.



Lissu Moulton

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That is just something you can not understand in Finland. You can do horrible violent things over and over again and stil you don’t get any real punishment. In US in many states they are using system called third strike and you are out, meaning that if you commit three serious crimes then you are in jail for good. That should be in use also n Finland. If someone is capable for violence again and again then the society has to protect rest of us. Now the system protects only the one who has done something wrong. Thats not right.

Use a car to intentionally harm somebody, and you’ll fe fined or jailed. What about driving license, should that be revoked for good?

”The police have said that the a-hole… sorry… driver has been arrested”
I am sure the police didn’t say an asshole. You did. But this hit and run is a crime everywhere.
It is also true ”rules of the road” are unknown to most bikers. Bicycle driving is much like driving a car, because the same basic rules of the road apply.

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