The verdict has come in for the case which kick-started The Times's Cycle Safe campaign. The lorry driver who crushed Mary Bowers such that she now requires 24 hour care admitted not seeing her despite being behind her for 10 seconds, admitted that he didn't even know there was a cycle lane beside him, admitted he did not look properly, admitted not applying his handbrake so that his lorry continued to roll over her and that he was concentrating on a (hands free) phone call at the time giving directions to another colleague.
The jury decided that such actions are careless, not dangerous. So he gets a £2,700 fine and an 8 month ban.
The judge, apparently, was 'visibily angry' at the jury's decision.
And if you pimp your car windows such that you can't see, open your door causing a cyclist to fall under the wheels of a bus and be killed - the jury will also let you off. (http://road.cc/conte...-london-cyclist
Still, y'know, some cyclists don't wear helmets ...
Edited by gingerjon, 14 December 2012 - 04:24 PM.