Originally Posted by Veloce300DT
I have always felt that it is too easy to get a license in the U.S., and feel that more training should be made mandatory for all people applying for their drivers license.
Defensive driving courses, emergency maneuvering courses, etc etc etc. Offering the means to educate people on how to handle their cars properly might make the rroads a little bit safer. But in the end cars will still travel at excessive speeds, and people will still get behind the wheel under the influence...
I really don't think that this would have made a difference in this case. It's clear that that the girl was emotionally distraught at the time of the crash, and any safety training she did, or could have received, was the last thing on her mind.
If only the Porsche had given her some warning of the danger she was putting herself in - but of course it did not, cars in this class make 100mph seem like 55.
Personally, the fact that she took the 911 without permission and was taking her emotional feelings out on it (according to the reports, she spun out at high speed in the local community, prompting a 911 call from a resident) all points to the emotional distress she was under.
I would speculate that her relationship with her father was at a crossroads. She took that car to demonstrate the unhappiness this was generating in her life.
As I understand, her father called 911 a few minutes after she took off, to report the car "stolen". Then, I'm sure there ensued a relentless assault on her cell, which she manged to ignore for a while, maybe until she got on the highway.
Then she took her father's call, I'm pretty sure it wasn't concilliatory - he was mad as hell. That "drove" her to 100mph, and distracted by all that was happening around her, she fumbled the pass on the Honda ... and the rest we know.
All speculation, I admit, but other tragedies echo similar emotional distress.
Maybe some remember how JFK Jr died a few years back. A competent, but not experienced pilot, he found himself facing adverse weather conditions on that fateful flight. As a pilot, he was confident in his ability to reach his destination, and would have done so, if he hadn't lost his concentration by the relentless, fearful, emotional pressure placed on him by his passengers - his wife and sister-in-law. He lost orientation and therefore control of the plane, the rest we know.
On October 31st, Nicole Catsouras desperately needed emotional support as her personal crisis unfolded. My heart cries due to the fact that she did not receive it, and the rest we know.