I believe that ethically and morally in today’s society, the boundaries of responsibility are starting to blur. In todays ‘blame’ culture, it’s always ‘someone else’s’ fault, often despite overwhelming evidence.
Paula wrote on the blog a few days ago ‘I have a 26 year old son of my own who I have observed driving around late at night while I have lain awake worrying. If he had been the driver of that car that night I would not have let him get behind the wheel of a car again until he faced up to his responsibilities’
This I feel has given a different perspective to the debate now. Who should take the responsible lead in this hypothetical situation where a person is killed by a young driver in a car accident? Should the driver’s parents take the moral high ground as adults and frog march the driver to the nearest police station to make a confession? This in effect would be a form of ‘self-policing’ the last question about removing the license. Or should they take the low ground and for example provide the driver with another car until the case goes to court?
Often in these cases when the offender eventually does get to the police station by invite, they can just say ‘no comment’ in the interview, and that’s a whole new debate for perhaps later.
So, the moral maze questions for today are?
1. As a responsible person, if your child was the driver of a car that had killed or seriously injured someone, would you agree with Paula, and act responsibly by ‘grounding’ the offender until the case goes to court?
2. Regardless of the fact that the other passengers have a choice about getting into a car, ultimately, the driver needs to take full responsibility for their actions. Would you agree that a driver needs to consider his passengers safety, firstly and foremost, whether paying or non-paying?