Stop Drivers From Killing Pedestrians

Wenchang_Street,_Harbin_by_Caliva

Target: Chinese President Xi Jinping

Goal: Increase punishments for Chinese drivers who intentionally kill pedestrians.

In China, pedestrians face an added risk at the hands of drivers. When drivers hit a pedestrian, they often hit to kill, sometimes intentionally driving over the body multiple times to ensure the person has died.

After an accident, the driver is held responsible for damages. If the pedestrian is critically injured, the driver often pays for his or her medical care for life. If the pedestrian dies, the driver only takes care of burial and funeral expenses. In short, this needless death is seen as economical, and is hardly punishable by law.

Witnesses to these events often take videos with cell phones to be used as evidence in court, but even then, it is common for drivers to not be charged with murder. In court, lawyers claim that their clients thought they were merely hitting trash. It’s difficult to prove the guilt of the driver and their intent, and most escape with a few years of prison and small settlements.

Even though China’s legislature has made steps to eradicate this issue and charge drivers with murder, this is still happening and something must be done to discourage this heinous crime. Please ask Chinese President Xi Jinping to continue working against hit-to-kill crimes and discourage drivers from committing them.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Jinping,

The “hit-to-kill” trend in China must be stopped. Drivers who hit pedestrians often run over the body multiple times to ensure the person is dead. If the person survives, the driver is typically responsible to pay for medical bills for life, but if the person dies, the driver only pays for funeral arrangements. Pedestrians do not deserve to die because of a driver’s fear of paying for medical care–death is not an economical issue.

Even with sound evidence, many drivers are not charged with murder because they claim they thought the person was a piece of trash or other debris. Most drivers are given a proverbial “slap on the wrist,” punished with a few years in prison or a settlement of a few thousand dollars. This light punishment does nothing to deter others from participating in hit-to-kill murders. While your government has made progress in reducing these issues, the leniency of courts allows these deaths to continue.

Often, drivers kill pedestrians who are simply dazed and wouldn’t require major medical attention–especially children. These deaths are needless, cruel and they must be stopped. Please continue to work toward eradicating this practice and deterring drivers from killing innocent pedestrians.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Caliva

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