By Matthew Harang

HarangM_BikerandSidewalkVertA 22-year-old woman with a long history of traffic violations was arrested after allegedly killing a bicyclist at about 6pm Monday evening. Danae Marie Miller, who was traveling east on San Joaquin Hills Road, near the intersection of Spyglass Road in Newport Beach when the accident occurred, has at least 16 traffic citations since 2005. After this latest incident that resulted in the fatality of Amine Britel, a Moroccan immigrant and business owner, Miller was also charged with a DUI, KTLA News reported.

Paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after the incident, and attempted to revive the 41-year-old Britel, who owned a travel agency, Gateway2morocco.com, which he started to help encourage tourism in his native country. In spite of the desperate efforts to revive him Britel was pronounced dead on the scene. Miller was arrested the night of the incident and spent the evening in an Orange County jail. She posted bond Tuesday morning and was released from police custody shortly thereafter, according to the OC Register.
This incident brings into question the laws surrounding the California driving privilege. A drivers’ license is not a right that is or should be afforded to every citizen. If a motorist violates certain laws, their license can be revoked. It is arguable that 16 traffic citations over a few short years should have been more than enough reason to suspend, if not permanently revoke, the suspect’s driving privileges. If Miller’s license had been taken away after the 10th, or even the 15th offense, one innocent life could have been saved. Perhaps tougher laws should be implemented to prevent future accidents involving such high-risk drivers.

February 24, 2011

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