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Another Fender Bent, Another Motorist Subsidy | by bicyclesonly
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Another Fender Bent, Another Motorist Subsidy

This was the scene as I emerged from Central park this morning: two drivers bumped each other, so they parked in the bus stop, inconveniencing all the bus passengers, and called a cop, who had to come down and provide free loss adjustment services for an hour or so for their insurers instead of catching bad guys. Just another subsidy motorists unfairly sucked from from the rest of us.


Why are cops required to do this for motorists? It yields absolutely no public benefit in terms of safety or otherwise. It only helps the motorists make claims on their insurers, and those insurers to make claims against each other.


If cops spent as much time investigating and documenting bike thefts--many of which involve as much financial loss as a typical fender bender, and which reflect actual crime that should be a priority--we might catch more bike thieves and see fewer bike thefts. But the investigation in this picture isn't going to do a bit of good for anyone but the parties involved and their insurers. Why am I paying for it?

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Taken on February 4, 2011