There are a lot of activities I’m supposed to go to this evening via Blue, but the weather forecast is “iffy” at best, so I’m not sure what I will be doing tonight. There is a Full Moon service scheduled for tonight at church, preceded by a Heathens Study group, and after the service we will be rolling straight into our monthly drum jam (I go to dance, not drum). And sometime this week I need to waste time and fossil fuels reducing the height of the ground cover and grass in the yard. That is rough on the bad leg, but I have to do it if I want the city to stay off my back (not to mention Mrs. the Poet).
Update on a wreck in AZ. WOMAN RECEIVES 4.5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR FATAL DUI THAT KILLED CYCLIST Apparently obstructing justice after killing someone isn’t that big a deal as long as the victim was a cyclist and the weapon is a motor vehicle.
More on that attempted murder by motor vehicle in CA as two more videos have been released by BHPD. New BMW Suspect Vehicle Video #2 I sincerely hope they catch this guy and put him away for a very long time. And permanently bar him from driving ever again on arrest for illegal possession of a deadly weapon…New video released in Beverly Hills ‘road rage’ attack
Not a single wreck, but the aggregated wrecks from NYC for the month of March. NYPD: 1,182 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, 12 Killed in Traffic in March Notice the last line in the list of causes, two wrecks were caused by tampering with the weapon vehicle prior to the wreck, out of more than 16K.
Another hit-from-behind wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist injured in crash near Tucker’s Corners Hit-from-behind the protocols might have helped, getting the infrastructure right would probably have prevented including making getting and keeping a license to use a WMD as transportation much harder. If I ruled the world this driver would lose his license for a very loong time and have massive hurdles to jump through to get it back.
UK story of another blind driver. Worcester death crash accused breaks down recalling incident “He told the court he pulled up after the incident and walked back to where a witness was with Mr Francis and gave his details before carrying on, unaware there had been a collision.” And deaf as well. I have driven trucks and I know that when you hit a small bird with the cab of the truck you can hear it, so I’m not buying the “I didn’t know I did it” story. He saw the cyclist’s Hi-Viz, even if only for a fraction of a second so he knew that there was a human involved, and just who did he leave his details with. Bad reporting or maybe bad laws controlling what can be reported. But still, sit in your car or truck and look out the windshield for 8 seconds. That was the amount of time the cyclist was in plain view before he was hit. Had the driver actually been looking out that window instead of doing something else he would have seen the cyclist and been able to slow or change lanes to avoid him.
Another UK wreck where hitting a cyclist was NBT (no big thing). Cyclist injured after a van crashed into him I have the sneaking suspicion that had the driver disputed fault in this wreck he would have been sent on his way with an apology. Anyway, hit-from-behind, use the protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.
In Oz it seems that drivers don’t stop just because they hit and killed someone, they have things to do and places to be, and besides if those people were important they would be in a car… Man dies in Footscray hit-run, cyclist injured in Scoresby, Seville pedestrian dies in crash All of those wrecks were vulnerable road users and each one was a hit-and-run. The cyclist wreck was especially egregious as he was hit while on the sidewalk/MUP and not even in the street or road in the first place. There is no way a human cyclist could have avoided this wreck, and as it was on infrastructure that was already segregated upgrading the infrastructure would not have done much either. The only thing that would have made any difference is keeping people with mental defects from getting access to huge killing machines. If crazy people need to get about let them walk, use transit, or maybe ride a bicycle. More Cyclist injured in Melbourne hit and run
And those are all the links that gave me fits so far today.
Billed @€0.02, Opus