Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Criminal offenses (there is a formatting error I can't fix. Highlight the text to read it)
The Criminal Code of Canada says the following:
224. Where a person, by an act or omission, does any thing that results in the death of a human being, he causes the death of that human being notwithstanding that death from that cause might have been prevented by resorting to proper means.
By my interpretation, if you have the power to prevent a death, you must use that ability. The code does not say that you are exempt if it might cause traffic congestion or make people unhappy with you. This means transport ministers, traffic engineers, city councils, that it is a criminal offense to fail to prevent a death on the road when you have the ability to prevent that death. Designing a road to prevent things like head on collisions with roundabouts, prevent trucks from side swiping a cyclist, killing him/her by designing a cycle track, is part of your duty, as it is likely to prevent death, let alone all the injuries. The sentence? Up to life in prison. I believe you can get parole, but not for years after the beginning of the sentence.
It is murder to deliberately fail to do this. It is criminal negligence to recklessly or wantonly do or by failing to do something that it was their duty to do, shows disregard for lives and safety.