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Jul. 20th, 2011

11:58 pm - RTC - police response

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Date:July 21st, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
That sciatica defense one does worry me a bit... Surely if your defense against causing death by dangerous driving is that you have a medical condition that renders you unable to control your vehicle, you should be disqualified from driving on medical grounds.

It annoys me immensely how driving is treated as some sort of inalienable right, when it shouldn't be. I'd like to (amongst other things) alter sentencing guidelines for the majority of driving offences so that they all include lifetime driving bans.
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Date:July 21st, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
I agree completely. I realise that most drivers aren't actually trying to kill cyclists (although it may seem that way), so this isn't about punishment, it's about prevention.

There's a similar issue here:
The car driver claimed that she was dazzled by sunlight, so it wasn't her fault that she killed a cyclist. If she continues driving then she will probably encounter sunny conditions again; if she's unable to drive safely in those conditions then she shouldn't be driving at all.
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Date:July 21st, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed that psychological testing isn't part of the driving exam. I've come across lots of road users who are clearly skilled drivers but are so aggressive and territorial they shouldn't be allowed to use the road!
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