What New Laws Could Reduce Cyclist/Motorist Accidents?
I have spent the last 24 years defending a whole range of people facing criminal prosecution for virtually every known offence. One area that still never fails to touch me is a fatal accident involving a motorist and a cylist/pedestrian or any other road user. In my opinion criminal law has lost sight of the fact that in the majority of these cases are ACCIDENTS.
These cases almost always involve a perfectly normal, respectable person driving to work and colliding with another on foot or bike doing the exact same thing. The fact is that human beings are fallible, we all make mistakes and people caught up in fatal road collisions never mean to hurt anyone.
In an instant, people's lives are changed and sometimes destroyed.
New Plans To Reduce Accidents
The key to reducing these fatal accidents is the education of all road users. New plans to be implemented will soon make it obligatory for trucks to have a mirror fitted to the nearside to enable the driver to see a cyclist between the truck and the pavement. Failure to have one will result in a fine. Lets go one step further. Why not impose an on the spot fine for cyclists who ride on the inside of a truck when it is indicating to turn right? The combination of both of these would reduce road deaths.
Add to that the compulsory wearing of high visibility clothing for all cyclists on the highway and I am convinced that fatal accidents involving cyclists would significantly fall.