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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 00:03 
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The Department for Transport has begun a 12-week consultation on plans to update existing road safety laws to protect pedestrians and cyclists.

The laws are being proposed by the government after 44-year-old mother-of-two Kim Briggs was knocked over and killed by a bicycle courier in February 2016.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 00:11 
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Sky News wrote:
Death by dangerous cycling law proposed after mother killed by bicycle courier
07:04, UK, Sunday 12 August 2018 By Joe Tidy, news correspondent

The death of Kim Briggs, who was killed when she was hit by a bicycle courier, may inspire a raft of new road safety legislation.

Kim Briggs was injured during a lunch break
Image: Kim Briggs suffered 'catastrophic' head injuries

Cyclists who kill pedestrians could be treated in a similar way to dangerous drivers under new legislation being proposed by the government.

The Department for Transport has begun a 12-week consultation on plans to update existing road safety laws to protect pedestrians and cyclists.

The laws are being proposed by the government after 44-year-old mother-of-two Kim Briggs was knocked over and killed by a bicycle courier in February 2016.

Photo :Charlie Alliston, 20, arrives at the Old Bailey in London
Image: Charlie Alliston was sentenced to 18 months in jail

Ms Briggs was killed by Charlie Alliston, then 18, who was travelling at 18mph on a fixed-wheel bike with no front brakes.
He was jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of the Victorian offence of causing bodily harm by "wanton and furious driving".

:: Cyclist Charlie Alliston sentenced over fatal crash

The legislation, originally drafted to deal with reckless handling of horses, was used because there was no cycling equivalent to the offence of causing death by dangerous driving.

Ms Briggs' widower Matthew has been campaigning for the law change for almost a year.
HR consultant Kim Briggs suffered "catastrophic" head injuries
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Video: Mum died in 'senseless' bike collision

He told Sky News: "Any working single parent will tell you it's tough.
"But getting the law changed is a positive legacy from this. The government has treated me very well, and this seems to have moved very swiftly.
"It has been a very important journey for me.
"A week after Kim died, the investigating officer told me there might be an element of wrongdoing, but then came the 'but', that he didn't know what to charge him (Alliston) with.
"That started an 18-month rollercoaster of the ins and outs and the CPS reports.
"What happened to Kim was rare, but it's not unique and I don't want another family to suffer a double whammy of grief and then go through this legal minefield."
Matthew Briggs says his family has had to create a 'new normal' after Kim Briggs' death
Image: Mr Briggs said the death of his wife put him on an '18-month roller-coaster'

However, the plans have been described by cycling campaigners as "tinkering around the edges" of road safety.
Cycling UK, a national charity, claimed a "full review of road traffic offences" is required.
Head of campaigns Duncan Dollimore said: "We need a full review - something promised by the government in 2014 - because the way the justice system deals with mistakes, carelessness, recklessness and deliberately dangerous behaviour by all road users hasn't been fit for purpose for years."

The number of cases involving collisions between cyclists and pedestrians remains relatively low.
A jogger passes the shadows of bicycles as he runs along the Embankment, pictured from Waterloo Bridge in central London on November 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Image: Cyclists who kill pedestrians would be treated similarly to dangerous drivers under the new legislation

In 2016, 448 pedestrians were killed on our roads, but only three of those cases involved bicycles. And in the last 10 years 99.4% of all pedestrian deaths involved a motor vehicle.
The latest announcement also includes the introduction of national guidance for cycling and walking infrastructure and updating parts of the Highway Code to combat close passing of bicycles.

Cycling and walking minister Jesse Norman said: "All these measures are designed to support the continued growth of cycling and walking, with all the benefits they bring to our communities, economy, environment and society."

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 00:23 
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botach wrote:
https://news.sky.com/story/new-road-safety-laws-proposed-after-mum-killed-by-cyclist-11470135

The Department for Transport has begun a 12-week consultation on plans to update existing road safety laws to protect pedestrians and cyclists.

The laws are being proposed by the government after 44-year-old mother-of-two Kim Briggs was knocked over and killed by a bicycle courier in February 2016.

It is important that New Laws are created to ensure all crimes are able to be punished appropriately. This helps to encourage prevention of those crimes and remind all road users of the consequences when they don't obey.

This case emphasises, the increasing lawlessness on the part of cyclists, but why has this changed to this degree?
What's changed from years ago where tolerance and consideration were far higher and more ingrained?
How has this been lost and was this the true cause, in this case?

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