There is a modern phenomenon that pisses me off somewhat.
A child dies in some unfortunate incident, and the parents [or more usually the mother] feel it's incumbent upon them to demand changes in the law to "protect" possible future victims.
A child accidentally hangs itself on a window blind cord and immediately there is a demand from the parents that all window blinds in the world have to be modified. A child dies in a tragic quad-bike accident and immediately there are demands that quad-bikes be regulated out of existence.
There is a case here in Ireland where a child was knocked down on the road outside his house. That was tragic and I feel for the parents……
they just have to start a campaign to impose Draconian speed limits everywhere. Their demand is for a thirty kilometer [20 mph] limit in all built up areas throughout the country.
I understand a parent's need to grieve, but demanding yet another law, and even worse, using their child's death as emotional blackmail is just not on. The mother is relentless in her campaign to introduce what she calls "Jake's Law" so that "he didn't die in vain". She want's this law to be Jake's legacy so that she can feel fulfilled and the rest of us can suffer.
So far, I'm delighted to say that she has so far been thwarted on the grounds that it's too expensive and complicated but she still hasn't given up. She is on a fanatical crusade and is determined to impose her demands on the rest of us.
She really needs to think about this campaign of hers. If she is successful and gets her "Jake's Law" passed, Jake will indeed be remembered.
His name will be cursed by every urban driver for countless years to come.