winstonw wrote:high_tea wrote:The problem is poor enforcement. The solution is better enforcement, or possibly better laws.
The problem is poor enforcement, because scaling that doesn't work either.
And whose hands is the power scaled into? elites who too often are disconnected from what is happening on the frontline.
The reason they want to be elites is to escape the Madding Crowd because they detest it - There's no Gandhi in Western political history.
I say too much power has been taken away from local community, and as many university qualified idle elites jam themselves into the process to claim a piece of the pie. The point is, your system isn't working either high_tea. Look at what has happened before when elites skim the kitty and don't deliver what they set out to.
And why isn't it working? because elites don't really give a toss about cyclists getting knocked off bikes. All they care about is the integrity of the 'system'.
Uh, no. The problem is that the community doesn't really give a toss. So excuse me if I don't see community-based justice improving the situation. Agreed, it's a hard problem. I just think the Good Ole Days aren't likely to offer up a solution. The things you describe were tried and found wanting. If they're tried again, I reckon the exact same thing will happen.
Also, Road Rules (and related penalties) are something that benefit from uniformity: uniform rules and uniform enforcement. This is one of the things that Magna Carta at least attempted to do (check out the bits about weights and measures and fish-dams (really!)) along with circumscribing the ruler's power.