This was a recent news item (boldface mine):
If you felt like traffic around the D.C. area was particularly awful Wednesday, it really was: The effects of a fatal crash on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge rippled throughout the Capital Beltway.
Traffic around the Beltway slowed considerably after a deadly collision between a tractor-trailer and several other vehicles ignited a blaze around 11 a.m. on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, shutting down a portion of the bridge for hours. The driver of the tractor-trailer was killed, and thru lanes reopened just before 11 p.m.
Local lanes going from Virginia toward Maryland reopened by 2 p.m.
So, how could a crash that happened in the morning still impact the evening commute?
“I can’t explain why things are the way they are,” said Bob Marbourg in the WTOP Traffic Center. “We had the Wilson Bridge accident, but there are more people on the road at once going nowhere than normally would be.”
There were many forces that acted against drivers on Wednesday.
Those “many forces” were other drivers. But I digress.
When a fire happened on the D.C. Metro–which killed a person–the entire area was scandalized. Local politicians wanted to know why Metro was failing. The batshitloonitarian contingent argued that this was yet another reason why we should abandon public transit completely. And Metro was told to prioritize safety above all else, despite affecting service, even as the Metro is far safer than driving.
Yet, when an automobile driver does the same thing, no one calls for dramatically lowering speed limits, and restricting the number of lanes and cars. Politicians are not outraged, and the batshitloonitarians are mysteriously quiet. So I’ll do it! I propose that, until we can get the Beltway’s safety issues under control, it should be restricted to one lane each way, with a maximum speed of 25 mph. Until the area departments of transportation can fix these problems, it’s time to place safety first. Above everything else.