3. Speed and sacrificial logic

Despite the magnitude of the numbers, road victims do not produce more than a passing commotion associated with the media spectacularization of road accidents. The moral judgement in the case of road victims does not reach the level of expression and forcefulness which is observed in other phenomena. This explains why these deaths are seen as the price of progress. One of the best recognized symbols is the motor vehicle. Nothing represents triumph and achievement like it does, because its aim is not to win a minor cause, but time and space. The motor vehicle is speed. Speed has become an end in itself. The ideal of speed linked with progress could threaten the conditions of the possibility of existence. Its case is exemplary as it reveals how in a reality which is apparently “alien” to the processes of the violence of normalization a sacrificial logic is already harbouring which will justify the victims as a “necessary price”.