THE VULNERABILITY OF MOTORISTS
Illegal motorcycle racing remains a current problem. At the 30th ADEVIC Technical Conference and the 14th FETEVI State Conference that took place on June 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Figueres, P(A)T made this problem visible.
At the 30th ADEVIC Technical Conference and the 14th FETEVI State Conference that took place on June 1, 2 and 3 in Figueres, Yolanda Doménech, director of P(A)T, and Vicente Sánchez, president of P(A) T, made visible the still latent problem of illegal motorcycle racing.
Yolanda focused on the prevailing values that sustain the attitudes we have when driving and that cause illegal racing, being the maximum expression of patriarchal values: aggressiveness, competitiveness, selfishness and misunderstood freedom. From academic studies, it is said that men feel the need to show themselves independent, self-sufficient, strong, robust and tough, and it is precisely in this search for power and invulnerability that leads them to engage in risky behaviors such as racing. illegal and reckless driving, putting his life at the service of the affirmation of his masculinity. This assumption of risk is also perceived in the data, as they show that men die more and cause more accidents with serious consequences and commit more recklessness and more reckless behavior, and in fact, in the points recovery courses, the majority are men . In addition, these behaviors are reinforced by the social recognition towards these men of appreciation and reward in the form of positive comments, which is a key factor in these risk behaviors. Yolanda sees a positive future, because she believes that these values are not so widespread in the youngest and that it is very important to address them and redirect them towards positive attitudes and behaviors.
Vicente gave voice with his first-person experience of the deaths that these races produce, since his son was killed by some drivers during an illegal race that he had been denouncing for years without the police doing anything about it. Thus he began his fight, recording the races and informing the police. He explains that he found solace in P(A)T, using his mourning so that other people would never feel the pain of a child’s death from an event as avoidable as sinister. He also reflected on the road that still remains, since illegal races continue to happen.
You can see his interventions from minute 58.