Friday, 3 May 2013

Dressing for Dangerous Drivers

A bit shocked that a sheriff  has decided that a driver who killed a cyclist - a second cyclist, at that - should get a 5 year driving ban.

Also stunned by the sheriff's comments about the victim not wearing a helmet -

'The sheriff said Mrs Fyffe "wasn't to blame in any way for the accident", but added: "She was not wearing a safety helmet and that in my view contributed to her death."'

Well, if she wasn't to blame, don't blame her. Whether cyclists are safer or not wearing helmets is a complex enough matter without foolish judgements being made in court. If the driver had hit a pedestrian who'd suffered similar injuries, would the sheriff have made the same stupid comments? The thing that caused Mrs Fyffe's death was being hit by a driver who'd done much the same before. A driver who's going to get 300 hours' community service, and will be driving again before his 55th birthday.

Give me strength.

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