Saturday 9 July 2011
Another assault on a cyclist
There is far too much of this going on and it should be taken seriously by the authorities. It seems in London the trail initially ran cold when the registered keeper said the car was taken without his consent and subsequently returned, though subsequent publicity has I understand resulted in an arrest. In Thames Valley any such offender, if unlucky enough to be caught, would be given a simple caution. In Manchester the police have led the way with a serious investigation followed by passing the evidence to the CPS for prosecution.
There really ought not in any part of the country to be any doubt that this conduct consitutes a serious crime which calls for deterrence. 'Road rage' does not excuse, it exacerbates, the conduct. Currently the State is encouraging us all to get out of our cars and onto our bikes but providing patchy protection at best for those of us who receive aggression in consequence.