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Re your hit-run dooring. Have you contacted the police and been officially informed that the driver was cautioned and will not be charged (rather than via TV)? Have you contacted Police Complaints Authority, location 50 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000, address GPO Box 464, Adelaide SA 5001, phone (08) 8226 8677.
You cycle in the CBD so an invite to join Adelaide BUG which has an emphasis on cycling advocacy. I coordinate the group and am willing to contact politicians.
Below is an item from the draft BUG News Apr-2012. Do you want to add anything? I added to the AC discussion contact details for Police Complaints Authority. 50 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000. GPO Box 464, Adelaide SA 5001. Phone (08) 8226 8677. Did you write to them with copy to pertinent politicians?
Pertinent Australian Road Rules under the Road Traffic Act 1961 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/sa/consol_reg/arr210/s269.html 269—Opening doors and getting out of a vehicle etc (3) A person must not cause a hazard to any person or vehicle by opening a door of a vehicle, leaving a door of a vehicle open, or getting off, or out of, a vehicle.
http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/sa/consol_act/rta1961111/s43.html 43—Duty to stop, give assistance and present to police where person killed or injured Penalty is disqualification of holding a driver's licence being not less than 1 year. In the case of a first offence, the court is satisfied that the offence is trifling, in which case it may order a period of disqualification that is less than the prescribed minimum period but not less than one month.
Note: If the incident is considered trifling, in theory the driver has their licence suspended for a least one month. Dooring a cyclist is not necessarily a trifling offence. In Melbourne a cyclist was killed when a driver opened a car door, and again the driver was not charged. When will authorities take seriously cyclist safety, their responsibilities and Australian laws?
Paul, saw you on TV. Started a discussion at http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/forum/topics/15-mar-2012-6pm-on-ch-7-news before I realised it was your dooring incident about to be shown on TV. On my post, a cyclist asked what was the point of new hit-run legislation that Senator Nick Xenophon played a role in. This morning I phoned Nick's office, said your filmed incident where driver only cautioned showed system not working, and spoke of related things. The assistant will determine if he will follow this up with me.
Hi Paul, Welcome to Adelaide Cyclists. You might be interested in joining AC group Commuters and, if you cycle in the city, Adelaide BUG. I coordinate four AC groups with emphasis on improving cycling conditions: Adelaide BUG, Prospect BUG, Look For Cyclists and Vote For Cyclists. There is more info in the introduction on each group web page. Cheers, Heather