Melbourne media seems to be full of this today:
The Age: Jail threat for dangerous cyclists
Cyclists found to have killed or seriously injured a pedestrian will face penalties of up to five years in jail or a $68,000 fine, after tough new laws came into effect today. "Cyclists need to recognise that, if they do occasion damage, they have responsibilities. They do need to stop,'' said Roads Minister Tim Pallas said, launching the new laws this morning at a Bourke Street bicycle shop.
Anyway after a quick fiddle with the TAC Crash database
, it returned the following stats that since August 26, 2006:
- 916 Victorians have lost their lives on Victorian roads,
- and a 17,012 (estimated) been injured.
August 26, 2006 was the date of the tragic incident involving James Gould
and a rider on Beach Road.
That's going by what has been reported - ONE pedestrian killed with a incident with ONE rider.
"We're driving home to cyclists the need for them to obey road laws or be punished,'' he said. Cyclists would now be on a similar footing to motorists if they are charged with serious traffic offences, he said. "Cycling is becoming a legitimate form of transport,'' Mr Pallas said. "But (with the recognition) that this is an important means of transport comes increased responsibility. This Government will come down hard on bad behaviour because there is a real consequence.'' Over the last decade, two pedestrians have been killed by cyclists.
If cycling is becoming a legitimate form of transport
then can we also share in the rights, not just the responsibilities?
Like third-party insurance, equal treatment by the police, full protection of the law and tax benefits already accorded to drivers? Or is these law changes simply more insipid tinkering in the margins? If so, that's Situation Normal.
Injuries to Dec 08.statistics.pdf