This is an unpleasant topic for everyone concerned.  Some people hurt other people.  Sometimes this happens unintentionally and other times it is done will full knowledge and intent.

A Social Contract

When I drive my car, I acknowledge and accept a “social contract” that I will abide by the laws, the rules of the road and the expected behaviors required from a safe driver.  If I break that contract by speeding or reckless driving, I must be penalized.  As painful as that situation is for the person who is being punished, it is impossible for our society to tolerate such bad behavior.  It is just not safe to allow someone who is recklessly ignoring the rules to endanger everyone on the highway.  The worse the offender is, the higher the penalty must be!  The intended goal of all of this effort is to teach that offending person to change their behavior and stop being a danger to themselves and others.

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