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Government Could Extend Dangerous Driving To Cyclists

Wearing hivis vests may be recommended to cyclists, however for pedestrians in everyday life, it's not something that can be expected. While we often hear of the dangers that exist to cyclists on the road these days, little has been said about the dangers that cyclists can also cause themselves, until now.

However, after the death of pedestrian Kim Briggs who was hit by cyclist Charlie Allison, the rules surrounding cyclists accountability on the road are being reexamined. Allison was riding a bicycle with only a fixed rear brake – illegal of the type of bicycle he was riding – as well as general evidence he was riding carelessly.

Allison was acquitted of manslaughter charges, but was prosecuted for 'wanton and furious driving' – an offence under an act from 1861 according to The Guardian.

Kim's widower, Matt, has now raised questions with MPs over whether laws should be updated to cover offences of dangerous cycling, something that has since been put to PM Theresa May. While May praised that they were able to convict under some legislation, she echoed it was an issue that needed to be discussed going forward: “ensuring that our legislation keeps up to date with developments that take place. I’m sure this is an issue that the secretary of state for transport will look at,” she said. 

Cycling organisations said that there didn't need to be specific legislation for this, as accidents such as this only happen one or twice a year, but with another pedestrian death by bicycle caused at last week's Ride London event, the issue is still a strong talking point.  

Written by Ad Rank One at 14/09/2017

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