Driver Fined a Lousy $150 For Nearly Killing CyclistBy Brendan Leonard, Adventure Journal on November 2nd, 2012
The U.S. isn’t the only country whose justice system treats cyclists like cattle: An 84-year-old driver who hit and almost killed a UK cyclist, leaving him with a brain injury and more than 30 broken bones, will pay about $150 plus court costs. John Drake, the cyclist, who spent six weeks in the hospital and was on life support much of that time, isn’t pleased. He says he’s suffered memory loss and can’t remember his children growing up, or getting married. “The sentence does not act as a deterrent to somebody,” Drake says. “You would get a longer sentence if you nicked some Mars bars.” Part of the problem, as in the U.S., is prosecutors who are trying to get form of sentence to stick, and ill-defined laws that don’t differentiate pedestrians, those on foot, from cyclists. Via Road.cc.
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