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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/hig ... 189168.stm

reports suggest a council van overtook and then turned across the cyclist

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Cycling star dies after collision

Jason MacIntyre was a British time trial champion


Tributes to top cyclist
A Scottish cycling champion has died after a collision with a van while training on the A82 in Fort William.
Jason MacIntyre, 34, died while being taken to hospital after the crash near Carrs Corner at 1330 GMT on Tuesday.

He was hoping to make the British Olympic team and his death came a day after he had been given funding to train for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Police said a 35-year-old man is to be reported to prosecutors, who will decide if charges should be brought.

In a statement, Mr MacIntyre's family said he was a "wonderful son, husband, brother and father.

Jason will be remembered by all who knew him for his determination to excel in cycling

Message on Jason MacIntyre's website

It read: "His achievements in the world of cycling were nothing short of wonderful too.

"The family would like to thank everyone who has been in touch personally as well as by phone and email. This has given us great comfort at this terrible time."

It added: "We would also like to thank all the staff at the Belford Hospital in Fort William for their efforts to try and save Jason."

Mr MacIntyre was a triple British and Scottish champion time trial cyclist.

Last year he broke cycling legend Graeme Obree's 10-mile time trial Scottish record.


Mr MacIntyre was on the verge of further top class competition

The cyclist lived in Fort William with his wife Caroline and eight-year-old twin girls.

He was born in Lochgilphead but had lived in Fort William since the age of 10.

Despite not starting cycling until he was 18, he progressed in the sport, winning the Tour of the North in Ireland at the age of 23.

In 2002, he was selected to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.



My two sisters, one brother based down in the 'burb watched this event and recall their saying the promise had yet to peak. IG's GMP serving brother was one of the cops overseeing this event at the time. He said it was best call of duty he's had in his career to date ..



article and all the others in the Guardian/Times/Indy/CW all report the same as blame or cause has not yet been established per all these articles wrote:
Mr MacIntyre won the British 25-mile time trial twice and was the first Scot to win the British Circuit race time trial championship.

He took two years away from racing to help his wife following the premature birth of their daughters.

Great respect

Mr MacIntyre was airlifted to hospital after the collision but died on his way to hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

The cyclist's website carries a message to visitors under the title The Last Post: "His death marks the untimely end of a brilliant cycling career.

"Jason will be remembered by all who knew him for his determination to excel in cycling, alongside the other passion in his life, his wife and children, who are in our thoughts and prayers."

Cycling legend Graeme Obree said he had great respect for the Lochaber-based cyclist and his death had come as a shock.

Northern Constabulary's road policing section carried out a full investigation at the scene of the accident.



Each report says a full report has yet to be submitted to establish if charges are to be answered by the driver of the council vehicle.


I do not know what the weather was like.. I suspect rain and perhaps the odd blustery blast .. similar to here.


At just past noon in rainy conditions.. would not expect a micro-climate to cause black ice. Visibility per weather forecast was predicted as "good" per our eldest who was plannning a trip to the Highlands with his mates this weekend and has been keeping an eye on the weather so as to plan his "walks/rides" safely.

Think then we had better wait until police or press release any further details as the report does not tell me or indicate anything to speculate here. :popcorn:


My thoughts and sincere condolences are with this cyclist's family.. especially with his wife and twin small daughters .. one of whom I understand is still under medical supervision as a result of the complications which can sadly develop after a premature delivery.. and every parent's trauma. Jason also dealt with this with tender love and care as I understand from his blog and other reports which I read as a keen cyclist who roots behind our cycling prodigies .. willing them to do well. .... like Emma :love:..


And again these sportsmen/women with the real talent prove that they have the guts.. the determination... to succeed fair and square. And this guy was one such straightforward talent.


But whilst I mourn the passing of a talented sportsman, who was also dedicated to his family and had managed successfully by all accounts to balance his training with the needs of his family.. I also have compassion for the guy in the van who must feel just dreadful and shell shocked by this tragic outcome all the same.

As yet .. we do not know if he was driving without COAST values.. .. driving at a speed unsafe for the conditions .. at a speed unwise for the conditions or even at a downright carelessly OTT speed for the conditions .

Nor do we know of the service record of this vehicle and if poorly maintained.. then the driver is still liable for not applying POWER principles as a check.. whilst the employer could be vicariously liable for failure to service and failure in a duty of care to employee and others :roll: (Not a lawyer.. but I do know how the law can affect me if I mess up :popcorn: professionally .. ) So I do not know if the vehicle had a puncture.. low tyre tread.. incorrect tyre pressure which may have caused a loss of control.

I do not know if the council worker was tired or taken suddenly ill either.


All these will impact on outcome .. and potential charges brought too.


But whatever happens.. that driver is a normal bloke and will feel just numb with shock just the same as Jason's family.

SO .. I then have to say that I also have some compassion for the other party and his family as well.


All incidents create miserable trauma for all concerned after all and I do not think hitting the "blame" button without some logical reason or saliently standard reported facts is fair minded. :wink:


In the M60 case.. had "insider knowledge" as know personally the medic in A&E who dealt with it. He was a medical student in my year group . :wink:

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/highlands_and_islands/7189168.stm

reports suggest a council van overtook and then turned across the cyclist

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my thoughts are of course with his family & friends.


A Scottish cycling champion has died after a collision with a van

But still written as if the cyclist rode into the van, as always :roll:


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Weepej// I do not read it any other way than there was a collision between a van and a person on a bicycle.



At this moment in time.. I have not been told or given any indication as to how come either party came into such tragic conflict.


All I know is that a talented cyclist and caring father of twin daughters and a soul mate to his wife died in saddest circumstances.


The only other fact I know is that a council employee drove that van. He is not the boy racer or uninsured chav or drug.drunken lout.

Some conditions.. chance.. fate.. coincidence all combined to create a tragedy.


I do not know what they were.


You do not know what they were.


An inquest will get the facts.

If the driver did something whcih warrants a charge. then forensics will provide evidence to support and the other party then has the right to counter and refute the charges.


That's how justice works.. not in the kangaroo courts as presided over by a deranged fool who has been found out in many fibs to date.

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Wednesday 16th January 2008 - Cycling Weekly

Scotland's Braveheart Cycling Fund has launched a memorial fund to help the family of Jason MacIntyre, the time trial champion who was tragically killed on Tuesday after a collision with a vehicle whilst out training.

MacIntyre was the full-time carer for one of his twin daughters, who suffers from a medical condition that meant she required constant attention. The fund aims to raise £20,000 to help the MacIntyre family care for their daughter for two years.

The Braveheart Cycling Fund had already allocated £2,000 to Jason MacIntyre to support his riding for the 2008 season. This money has been transferred to the memorial fund.

If you want to find out more about the Jason MacIntyre Memorial Fund, the Braveheart Cycling Fund or make a donation go to www.braveheartfund.com.



From CW's website.

I gather he chose to train in his home area because he needed to look after one of his daughters. I gather this child was due to go into hospital for yet more treatment later this month.

A dreadful tragedy for all and condolences to the Mackintyre family. Like the Mad Doc.. I also show compassion for the other party involved in this - especially based on what has actually seen by me in the past at these shocking scenes. Regardless of blame or any potential charges pending investigations - each involved are in severe states of shock.

At present.. no one knows what happened so it may be inappropriate to all concerned to speculate. :popcorn:

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At present.. no one knows what happened so it may be inappropriate to all concerned to speculate.


Based on what has been said on this thread (and ONLY that IE I know I dont have *all* the facts)

I can hazard a pretty good guess!

But maybe I'll keep shtum for now and see if my suspicians are confirmed.

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I also pass condolence to this cyclist's family und mourn yet another loss of a "someone who counted"

No one really knows what happen. A collision occurred with a transit van driven by a man in mid-thirties.

The road per CW ist "dangerous" und needs some engineering.


I think we have been on this road on a holiday in past. I know our eldest has recently been on this road on way to some "student jolly". Maybe better signing.. some civil engineering where it happen.

A speed cam will not solve it. I do not think from memory und report from eldest son (med student) who ist quite sensible really .. a COAST child who take things seriously when life matter. :wink: :bow:

Signs.. better layout of these signs.. might help .. along with an "awareness of danger at this spot" campaign. :scratchchin:

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Just back from that part of the world -Carrs Corner ,as mentioned in many of the press bits is approx half a mile from the junction of the A82 and A830 , the entrance to the HDC yard is approx 2/300 yards south of the corner( Various quotes on the "notorious " Carrs corner - can't really see why as it's a fair way away from the accident spot. oBAN TIMES ARTICLE.Live Earth /Google do not show this area very well. HDC/LDC have recently constructed a cycle path from the road leading to the access path to the North face of the Ben to Lochyside. This crosses the HDC access road before the main road (i.e vehicles leaving the yard first come to the cycle path ,then the A82) ---but not knowing if he was on the cyclepath (which would have meant stopping /giving way to every access road crossing the path ???)
Any way there are two articles in local papers -Lochaber News and Oban Times --( oBAN TIMES ARTICLE) --as per a post else where .

Any suggestions that the area around the access road s the spot would seem to be borne out by the amount of jerseys and other tributes placed nearby.(If any one is interested to see this ,I have a (not very good photo,once developed ))

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I too send my sincere condolences to his family.

I know the A82 pretty well. I cannot say that I 'know' the section mentioned, but I wonder about any oncoming vehicles causing the driver to more quickly pull back in to his side of the road and 'possibly' then colliding with the bike.
I read somewhere that the van was going North and the cyclist South, which puts a very different set up in place - but time will tell .....
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C+ March 08 issue has an update on this tragedy. I think a very balanced piece on page 16.


Jason was one of our big talents and a serious loss to the sport. A devoted father as well.

Per the C+ account - Jason was hit by a council van which had made a right turn in front of him. The driver a Mr MacT* (he's named in the feature) claimed no liability - feeling a jolt on his nearside when Jason's bike collided with the van. The driver sasy that people are ssuming the cyclist was on the road and he does not think he was. The van driver thinks Jason was on a newly completed cycle path which runs parallel to the road and a few yards off it. The depot he turned into cuts across this cycle path and

driver wrote:

I would have expected cyclists to watch for motorists on the road and wait for vehicles to pass., I can only assume Jason did not see me turning into the depot


:roll: Hmmmm! :scratchchin:


Police have not charged the driver so far.

Now as the piece in C+ says quite fairly - the crucial part of the enquiry lies in whether or not Jason was on the path or on the road.


IF on the path - he would not have priority over a vehicle turning right (unless he was already in the process of crossing at the time the driver made his manoeuvre - and if this was so.. the driver should wait until clear :banghead:

If Jason was on the road . then he would have the same right of way as any other vehicle over a vehicle waiting to turn right.

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Can we pinpoint the bit that is n question ? get a postcode for the company - when I am next down that way, I could go and photograph it .... this was only a little while ago - so any shrubbery should be bare - maybe ....

Surely the accident showed marks to his location ..

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Although there has been no mention of it thus far.

I wonder if the fact that this chap was a professional athlete out on a training run might have something to do with it.

He may have been traveling at twice (or even more) the speed of a "Normal" cyclist.

Its a bit like people who get run down by trains when trying to cross the lines, "Oh theres a train coming, but its 1/4 mile away, plenty of time BANG!"

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the statement of the driver is consistent with what i read when digging around a couple of weeks back.

not sure how the police can definitively say where he was riding at the time, depending on the seperation and where the van stopped.

if he was on the cycle path then i have some sympathy with the van driver, although there seems little excuse for not observing someone on the path you are planning to turn across be it ped or cyclist.

it's a good illustration anyway of the dilemma faced by this level of cyclist, travel at speed on a cycle path and have to give way regularly where on the road you would sail through with right of way, or ride on the road with associated normal traffic risks.

yesterday i was completing an organised ride which has a cycle path option for the last mile or so, quiet and quite well maintained... got a bit messy when it dumped us with give way lines to cross a small side turning of queued traffic.


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First of all -see my last post RE "OBAN TIMES ARTICLE "---accident happened at entrance to HDC/LDC LA yard. I did query whether the cyclist was on the cycle path (runs from houses at /near path to North face (of Ben Nevis ) to approx the Distilery (approx oposite the A830/A82 junction).Company is Lochaber District Council /Highland Regional Council (Carr's Corner Depot ).The presence of a large quantity of racing jerseys attached to the fence would bear this out (As I said, have a picture of this ,should anyone wish to see it )
The Cycle path runs parallel to the right side of the A82 ( going toward Inverness ), and a few yards from the edge of the road


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For clarification , have added notes to the map--- and have now got a post code and address --

Carr's Corner Depot , Carr's Corner Industrial Estate, Fort William PH33 6TL.

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not sure how the police can definitively say where he was riding at the time, depending on the separation and where the van stopped."


The separation from the main road is about 5 yards or so --my problem is why a road racing cyclist would be on the cycle path at this point ,rather than on the road , bearing in mind that the road is not narrow, and although NSL has good visibility and sighting - far more so than in the past when this corner got it's notoriety,coupled with his obvious local knowledge which would have alerted him to the fact that he may well have had to give way a lot on the cycle path, rather than being able to keep up a decent speed on the A82 with right of way. (At that point the road is flat )

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Update - as some know my father is in hospital in Inverness - after a stroke(s) ---and periodically I get up there ,and stop at his near Fort William .
Saturday got a chance to get into the grounds near the council offices and take some pics(on small digital cam ) ,also from the A82 on both sides. Havent had a chance to download them yet or to tag on some labels so that all can see .The main question is ---
Was he on the road ,or the cycle path . Visibility from the road to the council road access is approx 150 metres ( from driving south on A82 and using the 40 countdown markers as a guide ( :40: starts approx 5/10 yds before the acess road ).The access road is approx 1.5 tenths of a mile from the A830 junction .At the time of the fatality ,I cannot remember seing any markers for the end of the cycle path - now marked at this locality by wooden posts and give way signs - yet no indications to vehicles that a cycle path exists ,or that cyclists could appear .

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The view from (my ) driving seat looking north: The tarmac between the lamp post and the NSL sign is cycletrack

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Another view of the same -

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View further back from the road

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Looking south into the junction

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And from slightly further north .Slightly mucky pic - but unusual for Fort Bill -sunny.

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The now finished cycplpath ends ( don't remember seeing this on last trip up north)

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Update on this story.. :roll: From CW



The driver has just been fined £500 and banned for 6 months.

The 36 year old pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving at Fort William Sheriff court last week.

Naturally the outcome has angered MacIntyre's family who wanted the driver prosecuted on charges of "culpable homicide"
or causing death by dangerous driving..

McTaggart's defence lawyer told the BBC that his client simply did not see the cyclist coming at him. As a result the cycle went into the rear :scratchchin: of the vehicle and the cyclist was tragically killed.
The lawyer :roll: added that MacIntyre was not wearing hiigh-visibility clothing and was in a "hunkered down position - making his body smaller"


:roll: OK .. fine in competition. But still, per Franklin and Bikeability - you make yourself SEEN and use your body to make it so SEEN :roll: But then MacIntyre was on a more or less empty road .. :popcorn:

The van had turned across the carriageway .. into MacIntyre's path (which means he struck the nearside rear if he hit the rear of the van .. :scratchchchin:)

Mac's father told the press outside the court that Jason was an outstanding cyclist.

Jason MacIntyre's father wrote:
He was killed by Robert McTaggart. There is to be no justice for Jason and no justice for his family. McTaggart should have faced charges of culpable homicide or causing death by dangerous driving. He should be in jail.


Whilst I can understand his distress.. there was simply not enough evidence of dangerous driving .. other than the bloke turned right, and just did not look .. assumed that the road was empty. perhaps :roll: ..thus the only charge which had any chance of success was that of "careless driving". If this was the EU - it would have been "negligent driving" - which does actually carry a stiffer penalty in the European courts. But justice is still justice and not revenge - which only serves to create a life sentence of bitter anger. Jailing McTaggart would not have satisfied "revenge" either. Prisoners no longer live off bread and water in rat-infested dungeons any more :roll:

The sweeter "revenge", if you like,is to just accept the outcome with dignity. This makes the person who caused the death feel his guilt and remorse even more.. and that is his his own life sentence.


- But.. the other reason for the "careless charge" :scratchchin: I :roll: It seems Jason did not slow down either. Vans do not appear out of nowhere to be blunt. This would be what the Sheriff, police and prosecution would have been looking closely at when laying charges. The high-vis had little to do with it .. but may have made the cyclist stand out and enable the driver to judge his speed of approach better perhaps :scratchchin:

The court could only impose a fine and points or disqualification on this charge.. and unfortunately, it was the only charge possible after due investigation.

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Quite naturally .. CW's Kieth Bingham is spitting mad over this outcome :roll: :popcorn:

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There is no justice for the family of the late jason MacIntyre, killed by a driver who claimed not to have seen him


Perhaps .. but justice is about the administration of the law according to accepted and prescribed principles. - which is about being fair to the accused of a crime.. and taking account of human acts of stupidity - committed without intent to be stupid . :roll: Thoughout each generation - the human race has battled to conquer this "stupidity gene" :roll:

Revenge is about retaliating for wrongs or injury received. Justice .. is not about "revenge", but does seek in the case of malicious and deliberate crimes, to impose the sentences which show how much a society disapproves of such vicious acts.


KB reminds us of another cyclist killed when a driver pulled out without looking :roll:

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:scratchchin: Well .. on the other side of the coin .. we have a pedestrian who was badly injured by a cyclist who "claimed he did not see her" when he pulled out of a junction without looking.. :roll: Happened the other week... story somewhere in our local papers. :roll;

Or what about the two deaths within the last 7 months or so .. whereby the cyclists rode at speed and claimed they did not see the pedestians they hit and who died when their heads hit the kerb as they fell? By the way .. the fines were derisory and yes.. the families concerned wanted MANSLAUGHTER charges brought against the two cyclists in these separate incidents. There was no order to prevent their cycling either.. :roll:

Abroad .. in many EU countries, including Holland and Dnmark :wink: - there are onuses on all road users .. pedestrians.. cyclists and drivers alike to be vigilant towards each other.

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A new law - causing death by careless driving - is not yet on the statute book .. but road safety campaigners fear this new law will just mean the CPS passing off dangerous driving as careless driving - which is easier to prove and carries a lighter sentence



Actually . the same criteria applies. We have to find the evidence which proves beyond all reasoned doubt .. the exact nature of the carelessness (or rather negligence - because this law is our version of the EU's "negligent one") and how far that act of negligence caused the incident to occur. In the interests of justice - we also have to investigate, fully, the behaviour of the other party prior to the incident as well. It may be that we charge both or all parties. We have done so here in the past. We may have a low FPN tally.. but our fines are usually imposed by the courts as we prosecute a heck of a lot more for downright :censored: stupidity :roll: :popcorn:

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Err. all the cases we have passed on the evidence to the CPS for prosecution carry the full investigation and what the outcome of this carelessness and dangerous acts created :roll:

I wonder how many actual court cases the writer here has actually attended .. :scratchchin:

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The fact is that the courts are wary of punishing a driver for what is often termed "a momentary lapse of attention"


They take into account all the facts and circumstances. :roll:

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If using the roads is a game of chance, the conditions are weighted in favour of those driving heavier vehicles


It is why I keep saying COAST applies to EVERYONE whether on foot, on hoof, on wheels or in some wheeled contraption. :popcron:

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I suggest an automatic loss of licence at the very least. That threat might concentrate minds


This driver did lose his licence for 6 months. I would perhaps suggest they recommend a re-test or a compulsory DIS - but in the case of the DIS for such cases - remove the licence if they fail this course. At present .. they can lose licence if they fail to turn up or turn up and be "disruptive in class" - and we return the file back to the CPS for the court to do its job.. :roll: :popcorn:

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The law fails to take into account the dispoproptionate and tragic consequences one trivuial mistake can make at the wheel of a ton of metal


The law does and it is about justice for ALL parties involved - and not revenge :roll:

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The law should not surprise us. The lawmakers' maxim is "There but for the grace of God .. go I"


Indeed .. because our laws still have to take account of that one human gene which we all possess.. the "stupid one". I admit it appears to be more pronounced in some folk out there :roll: - but no one can afford to be complacent and all have a responsibility towards their own safety and that of others.

A pedestrian running along a footpath can collide with another and cause their death or serious injury .. just as a cyclist can and has done so.. An incorrectly filled filing cabinet toppling over and striking someone's head with the sharp corner .. Accidents.. Moment of not looking ahead.. moment of human stupidity.. and the law still has to take this into account to award justice to the idiot in the dock and punish accordingly. :popcorn:

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As we have already pointed out ... a really tragic incident for all involved.. including the van driver.

I cannot find a link on the Bolton News site as quite naturally .. there are umpteen stories celebrating their golden boy.

Thread really belongs in "NEWS" .. but it is also relevant to this thread given the above outcome as reported up by IG.

But stuck at the bottom of the middle pages of Friday's paper and written by Saiqa Chaudahari is a piece about Bolton MP, Brian Iddon, who has

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won his campaign for tougher sentences for motorists who kill whilst avoidably distracted


Now .. :scratchchin: This would not have resulted in McTaggart facing more serious charges - even if on the statute book at the time of this incident. He did not see the cyclist who was allegedly "tucked down" and this kind of implies that he may not have been looking ahead either.. :roll: Also .. McTaggart may have noted .. but underestimated the speed of his approach.

From next week new laws will mean drivers who manage to kill someone "while not paying care to the road or other road users may face jail"

But :scratchchin: .. the stuff which the courts are allegedly going to consider when deciding guilt of this charge are already covered by existing laws :popcorn:

Note the wording here... I think a token law in all reality

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AVOIDABLE DISRACTIONS which courts will consider when sentencing drivers who kill include

1. Using a mobile phon ...


Sigh.. the case of the woman.. the phone.. the cyclist .. the red light.

Already set as precedent and she has a case for appeal against the sentence on-going per some other story seen on the original news site. :roll:

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2. drinking and eating at the wheel..



Provided for under existing law .. according to the legal beagles around the family :popcorn:



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3. applying make-up


Already fined some bint for applying mascara .. but she did not have an accident and did so at the traffic lights.. allegedly.. :roll:

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Other offences which tke attention from the road and which a court has to decide whether or not an AVOIDABLE DISTRACTION



rubber necking some one else's accident :scratchchin: :roll:

I think this a very grey area and it certainly offers little remedy to Jason MacIntyre's family. But then .. as IG points out .. we have to differentiate between justice for all and revenge. :roll:

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The new laws will also penalise unsinsured, disqualified drivers/unlicenced drivers who kill.


OK.. I have always supported that. but then here comes the rub..

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The laws will carry a penalty of up to FIVE years for causing death through an avoidable careless act and up to TWO years for causing a death whilst driving completely ILLEGALLY IN THE FIRST PLACE


WTF? :furious: :banghead: SURELY the act of getting behind the wheel of a car when completely unentitled or legal to do so .. is a DELIBERATE ACT and their action in fleeing the police and refusing to stop for them is DELIBERATE. I think they have got the penalty the wrong ways around here :banghead:

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I am very pleased that the distractions I mentioned have been included in this law


Spin doctoring .. mate.. As pointed out . they already exist in current traffic law and folk have been jailed for 4 and even 6 years already for killing when doing all those things. :roll:

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In this week's CW Jason's widow challenges the statement made by the driver's solicitor.

If you recall from the last update - the solcitor told the BBC outside the court that the driver simply did not see the cyclist and that the cyclist was "hunkered down .. making his body very small"

Now his widow says she finds it very hard to believe that the driver "simply did not see Jason" . True. But equally - when I am out riding, I do tend to see large vans and look at the road positioning just in case it's driven by a blind muppet wiith tunnel vision and a big hole where his brain should be .. :banghead: and adjust accordingly. I am saying you never take anything out there fro granted or assume they have seen you or will even obey the ruddy :censored: highway code .. epsecially the "good practice tips bits" :furious: and I apply the comment to ALL road users so how they :censored: travel.. just to make it plain that those who post to this site are more interested in promoting a decent standard of safety :popcorn:

Now :scratchchin: his widow was also not there.. but maybe knows her husband's riding style or thinks she knows his style.. but she says he was 6 foot 2 inches... An inch less than me... so yep .. big. Probably same slim, lean - but still muscly svelte shape as me too. So yep. Even hunkered down - he's still a notable size on his bike. I should post up a photo taken of me and the Mad Doc showing both of us first of all puffing and panting along last week up a huge hill and then more of less "hunkered down" as we enterered a straight after the descent! Could be the photo .. but I think we look noticable but then we were in in rather dazzling yellow gilet of hi-viz gear.

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Jason was not hunkered down as he was on his ROAD BIKE and not his racing bike and his hands were on top of the bars.

Jason hit the passenger side of the vehicle and was lopped over the top of the side panel from just above waist height. The driver continued driving for a further 26 metres.

It has also been said that Jason was not wearing hi-visibility clothing. and it has been said he was riding black-on -black. I would like to enclose a picture of the blue and white "Scotland" flag gilet which Jason was wearing when he was killed. As you will see - it is blue and white and was visible to at least four other drivers



Ahh.. witnesses. Now the "hunkered down issue" must have come from someone other than the driver who claims he simply did not see him... for whatever reason. Was his glance into the opening. Did he see - but simply misjudge his speed of approach and make the turn despite an approaching bicycle? .. because to lop over a pick-up truck suggests some kinetic force between the two vehicles all the same :scratchchin: His natural defence will be that he never saw him.. his brain will not be able to sort out how the collision occurred and he will be convinced that he simply "did not see him". I've seen this scenario so many times in interview rooms and court rooms over the years.. :roll: You are interviewing these folk and wondering all the time .. how the hell could he or she have missed the :censored: obvious? But they do.. glance for a second too long in the WRONG direction .. and you miss something and it just takes one or all parties involved to do do to have a tragedy.

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I would like you to keep in mind that Jason was visible to the driver behind McTaggart for at least 16 seconds



So these approaching vehicles could not have been "speeding" given we travel for around 15 metres pers second at 30 mph and 30 metres per second at 60 mph. We are talking some distance of approach here 16 seconds is a long time and quite some distance covered.

And the "hunkered down issue" must have come from someone other than McTaggart if he "simply did not see him". I would doubt that the driver behind McTaggart could testify from so far back accurately enough as to his positioning on the saddle all the same though. :roll: So perhaps one of the other drivers who did see the cyclist made the comment.. which would have been seized on and played on by the defence lawyerto place that "element of doubt into the court"? :scratchchin:

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It has been said that if Jason was wearing a helmet he would be alive. I would like to say that with the injury Jason sustained .. no helmet would have saved his life


Ah.. but we still cannot be 100% sure and I am still not going to take any such gambles with my head.

But I do suspect that internal bleeding from other vital organs .. plus shock .. claim far more lives all the same. The Mad Doc can put us right if I am not correct .. :roll:

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