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What Will It Take Before Someone Takes Away Justin Bieber’s Toys?

9:26 AM PDT on June 18, 2013


Yes, the guy was in the street. Yes, he'll be fine. Yes, this is definitely a hit and run, no matter what the local police say.

I get it.

It sucks to be stalked and harassed by photographers and camera crews whenever you step outside your house. It is unlikely to happen to a Streetsblog editor, but I can imagine it is pretty awful.

But, that doesn't give you the right to endanger other people with your car.

For (at least), the third time in less than a year pop singer Justin Bieber is in the news for his penchant for unsafe driving. First, he was caught going 101 on the 101 by Council Member Dennis Zine, then his neighbors complained about him speeding through the neighborhood, and last night he "clipped" a photographer in the street and sped away from the scene. The police cleared Bieber of wrong doing despite video clearly showing him hitting the photographer and zooming away in a pretty white Ferrari.

If the police refuse to prosecute Bieber for his dangerous driving, he has yet to be even ticketed for his triple digit speeding last year, then it sadly falls on his handlers, family or whoever else is close to the popstar to step in and take the keys.

If Bieber were an eighty year old with decades of safe driving who was suddenly blowing speed limits, driving recklessly through the community and "clipping" people in the street, he wouldn't be driving. This is the same situation, except Bieber doesn't have the decades of safe driving history.

So far, the singer's actions haven't seriously harmed anyone, but if he can't drive safely under the sometimes rough conditions he encounters, then it's past time for someone to take the keys and use some of the singers billions of dollars to hire a professional driver.

The next time Bieber hits someone with his car, it might not be someone his Beliebers think deserves it.

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