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Drivers put illegal cyclists in context

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Michael Woods seems to think the low probability of cyclists being prosecuted is a problem. I would suggest the probability is no lower than that of the majority of car drivers who routinely break the law .

As a cyclist I would be quite happy if all law breaking cyclists were prosecuted as long as all law breaking motorists were dealt with similarly. This could also include changing the level of fines so that they were in proportion to the likely consequence of the offence.

As the likely outcome of a cycling offence is minor injury to the cyclist or pedestrian, cycling fines would have to be very low given the derogatory penalties given out for motorists who kill people.

This disproportionate injury risk is one of the reasons other countries such as the Netherlands mix foot and cycle traffic and segregate them from motor traffic .

Timothy Evans (M), Harrogate, comfychair@callnetuk.com

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