Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Only in the breakfast state. (You know, fruits, flakes, and nuts...California)

Speed Zone For The Handicapped

CALIFORNIA - In a bizarre twist of social conduct, students in wheelchairs at a
California college campus are being told to respect and be more aware of walking
pedestrians. Valley College officials recently set a speed limit of 4 mph for
the disabled, hoping to keep pedestrians from being hurt by speeding
wheelchairs. Vice President of Administration Tom Jacobsmeyer proposed the
regulation after seeing a student nearly hit by a woman "going very fast" in a
wheelchair. Disabled students compare the regulation to a "bad joke." First time
offenders will be warned, but chronic violators could be cited, suspended or

In other news, the mentally disabled are being asked to not go into public as they are considered "icky".


At 3/8/04 7:09 AM, Blogger Contagion said...

Actually I would think you would support something like that. They aren't bending over backwards for special needs. And after being bowled over a couple of times by wheel chair driving maniacs I can appreciate a university doing something like that. They aren't asking them to not go any place, just to slow down and be carefull, 4 mph is on the high end of the average human walking speed. If you and I were running and bowled over a kid in a wheel chair everyone would be pissed, A kid in a wheel chair bowls over a person walking and it's supposed to be okay. I don't think so. Plus I'm sure everyone one at one time in their life has met the kid in a wheelchair that views the rig as a battle ramming contraption to move through crowds.

At 3/8/04 12:31 PM, Blogger littlejoe said...

Yeah that kid was Jason.

Anyway, I think this is offensive. It's like they are saying sorry you can't walk, but fuck you if think you can be faster than the able-bodied people on campus. I mean, it isn't like those wheelchairs are silenced.

I guess my perspective has changed since becoming "disabled" myself. Sure I can walk and what-not, but if I wanted to be safe, a wheelchair would be a sound option. And you better damn well believe we'd be "Monster Garage"ing the motherfucker.

At 3/8/04 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, so when the student is late for class because he could not get thru the crowd or cause he had to wait for an elevator, then the student body will bitch because of that special treatment.
That law is kinda like saying to Contagion, ok your feet are too big so therefore you can't use our steps because you could trip someone. The reason most people in wheelchairs go that fast is because we have to avoid going "too slow" or people get very snotty with you. Yes I can walk also, but you know what, me in my wheelchair is no different then an able body person jogging outside or running for exercise. The dumbass that came up with that rule needs to the tomahawk of enlightenment.

At 3/8/04 4:42 PM, Blogger Contagion said...

So people in wheel chairs have the right to just roll over people and what not. I got it.

At 3/8/04 5:52 PM, Blogger littlejoe said...

Nobody said they did. Putting a speed limit on a wheelchair is ridiculous and you know it.

At 4/8/04 12:49 AM, Blogger Anathematized1 said...

Am I the only one that found the "chronic violators" bit funny?

Ummm, are they going to restrict how fast the students are walking? Cause I am pretty sure more people run into other people while walking then people in wheelchairs run over pedestrians.

At 4/8/04 7:11 AM, Blogger Contagion said...

" students in wheelchairs at a California college campus are being told to respect and be more aware of walking pedestrians."

No, I think they are doing as the article stated and I'm quoting. And no I don't think putting speed limits on walk ways or in buildings is ridiculous. And I also think while they are at it they should restrict the speed of bipedal pedestrians. And from personal experience with "walkers" and "rollers" When I got rammed into by someone in a wheel chair, it tended to hurt more and do more damage then some "walker" slamming into me, Although that did happen a lot less frequently since the "walker" had better control of their body and better manouverablility.

but I guess my major point is, I don't see how mutual respect is a bad thing. If a "walker" rammed into a "roller" everyone would be up in arms over it. So it's vice versa and now they are picking on the gimp. I guess this is just another case of the double standard when it comes to how we should treat one another.


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