Why do we need the gender of the driver who caused the accident?

▲ Lee Jeong-ho, former head of the Unorganized Temporary Work Department of the Korean Federation of Trade Unions (KCTU)

At 2 a.m. on May 24, at an intersection near Ttukseom Station on Subway Line 2, a sixty-year-old worker who was replacing a soundproof wall next to the road was hit by a Benz driven by a drunken 30-year-old Mr. Kwon and died on the spot.

The worker who died was a daily worker, and for safety, he was wearing a fluorescent vest and was working for two hours from 12:00 at night. Next to the workshop, two workers waved fluorescent rods to induce the vehicle to slow down. The workers were working by blocking a part of the road with a three-lane round trip.

If the blood alcohol level is 0.03% or higher, the license will be suspended, and if it is 0.08% or higher, the license will be revoked. The driver, Kwon, was intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.188% at the time. Kwon had a history of being fined for drunk driving in the past.

Kwon ran at a whopping 148 kilometers per hour and hit the construction site. The road near Ttukseom Station is dark even during the day due to the train running on the ground, and there are many piers in various places, making it dangerous and cramped. It is impossible even in broad daylight to drive 148 kilometers below Ttukseom Station, which has only three round trip lanes.

After the accident, Kwon was not even forgiven by the family of the deceased worker. He already had a criminal record for drunk driving, and he may have thought that an agreement was not important because he even killed a person in the yard where the ‘Yun Chang-ho Act’ was enforced. Or it could be someone who has lost his personality from the start.

The court explained the reason for the sentencing, saying, “The victim died in an extremely horrific state.” In doing so, the court sentenced Kwon to seven years in prison. Although it is high for a traffic accident crime, it still falls short of the public eye level.

The deceased worker is at the age of 60 when he retires or is preparing for retirement. He continued his family’s livelihood by working night shifts that paid even a little more per day. You took the life of such a person, but you’re sentenced to 7 years in prison. Even if the perpetrator has served the full sentence of the first trial, he is released from prison at the age of 37. Whatever went wrong, was wrong for a long time.

The perpetrator drove a foreign car at the age of 30, drank a lot of alcohol until late at night, and drove recklessly at 2 am. Immediately after the accident, the Dong-A Ilbo published on page 12 of the May 25th article, “A woman in her 30s ‘drunk Benz’ attacked the construction site… A worker in his 60s died.” I still do not know why the gender of the offender in his 30s was emphasized. Judging from the skeleton of the incident and the media reports, the perpetrator is a ‘demon’.

If the perpetrator is a female driver of the Mercedes-Benz vehicle, our media does not miss it and reflects the gender in the title or article. Articles like these that forcefully call and brand ‘young women’ or ‘young women’ are highly likely to only promote gender conflict and generational conflict.

Just by looking at the article, we don’t know what kind of causal relationship there is between the perpetrator and alcohol. It may be a person engaged in the entertainment industry, or it may be a person who inevitably has frequent drinking parties because of entertainment. Or it could be the chaebol family. You may have been drinking for another reason. Easier demonization of the perpetrators, especially young female drivers, just by looking at the article doesn’t do anything to solve the problem.

Rather, if the sentencing standards are strengthened by criticizing the court’s ruling practice of punishing the perpetrators of fatal traffic accidents, the number of traffic accidents will be somewhat reduced. Or, if you are drinking and speeding beyond the legal speed limit and cause a fatal accident, applying a murder charge also helps to reduce accidents.

Former Head of the Unorganized Temporary Work Office, KCTU ([email protected])


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