Jason, did that go to air? Is flavour of the week because govt report that Adelaide cycling has increased markedly -- on another AC post.
Found out that it will include an AC member. Read this post about dooring, injuries and hit-run. http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/forum/topics/operation-door-knock-c...
There was a clip on both 10 and 9 news with helmet cam footage of a dooring in Pultney Street. The guy rides between a stationary bus (on his left) and a four wheel drive. As he gets to the four wheel drive the passenger flings the door open in the riders path. The vehicle then drives off without stopping to check if cyclist is ok. Cyclist copped some stiches to his face.
All nicely caught on video.
The driver has been issued with a caution.....they should have thrown the book at her/him.
Post script - link to the item in Heather's post above.
I cannot believe he /she was not charged for leaving a scene of an accident especially where someone has been injured!!!!
What can we as AC members do? It is time that authorities were cajoled into doing their jobs when it comes to cyclist safety.
Paul Jorgensen (the Victim) has included video in David Bowler's topic "operation door knock" - bet the audio was not on the news.
perhaps the police don't like cyclists.
So what was the point of having a royal commission which recommended increasing the penalties for fleeing the scene of an accident? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapunda_Road_Royal_Commission "Increased penalties for fleeing an accident"
What was the point of the SA government increasing penalties for fleeing the scene of an accident where someone was injured? http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/Hitrun-drivers-to-face-10yea... "To leave the scene of an accident when you know that someone has been killed or injured is a pretty despicable act," he said. "In a case where someone wilfully knows that someone's likely to be injured and they drive off potentially to avoid punishment, a maximum penalty of 10 years is a more appropriate penalty."
I don't believe in draconian punishment and doubt it works. But. What this driver and passenger did was not acceptable. These laws are meant to force people to act with civility. Showing on the news that there are no consequences for doing this is a very bad message.
Penalties do work if linked with publicity. Conversely, the lack of a penalty in this case sends a message that if you knock over a cyclist and rive off you will only get a slap on the wrist if caught. A case like this with clear evidence should have copped a large fine, demerit points and possibly even a suspended jail sentence. This should be publicized so that anyone committing such an offence in the future thinks twice about leaving the scene.
Would have been a different scenario if it was a police officer on the bike at the time!
SAPOL have no serious interest in our safety! It would appear to some, that they are Lazy, that was certainly suggested to me by legal advisers....you take your pick which!
When there is clear evidence of laws being broken and SAPOL decide not to apply the penalties or send the matter to court, then why bother making the laws?
I know from my own issue this time last year with a vehicle that I am not inspired by there efforts or lack there of and I am still getting physio treatment!!