Death by dangerous cycling: New offence to crackdown on bikershttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... ikers.html
The comparison to the punishment that can
be given to a driver who kills is pointless. A driver killed a cyclist round here
not too long ago. His punishment? The 14 years in jail you can be given for death by dangerous driving (I'd say ploughing into someone from behind on a straight dual carriagway, on a clear, sunny summers evening was dangerous)? Nope;
banned from driving for 12 months, given a 12 month community order, with 200 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £110 costs
As for the cyclist who hit the girl, which seems to have started this whole thing as it's the family's MP who's proposed the new law.....the story was apparently very badly reported (shock horror). It was never actually determined that he was riding on the pavement. A number of witnesses (the girl's friends) said he wasn't, then they changed their mind at later interviews and all gave a matching account of events. Even so, the burden of proof wouldn't have allowed for a dangerous cycling conviction, if the same rules are being applied as they are to cars.
The guy was caught on CCTV just before the collision doing a max of 17mph, on the road. The group of kids then appeared and he claims they blocked the road. He shouted to move out of the way, they did, then Rhianon stepped/fell back in front of him, leaving no time to avoid the collision. He then stopped, performed CPR and called 999, unfortunately, she died.
Imagine that happening to a driver. Driving at no more than 17mph, a toot of the horn when drunk kids step into the road, they move so you carry on, then a girl is pushed/falls right in front of the car, and as a freak accident hits her head on the kerb and dies. The mail comments would be full of "good, serves the feral youths right, where were the parents" comments.
Instead we get 300 comments of war-on-motorist-lycra-lout-ran-over-a-granny wankery.