Cyril Haearn wrote:Fact is of course that breaking the law is endemic among drivers
Fact is, they kill lots of cyclists
very true, I would say most drivers break the law at some point on most journeys, with speed limits now being the most ignored traffic law. A small village near me has a speed awareness sign as you enter, most drivers will be 40+ as they pass the 30 sign. Speed limit for lorries in Scotland for single carriageways is 40, many/most sit on thier limiters at 56. Vans should not be going above 50mph and I doubt many van drivers even know that law exists (if they do they certainly take no notice of it). And on any long straight road cars take no notice whatsoever of their 60 limit - and as for motorways try sitting at 70, most other cars will pass you, many travelling considerably faster.
Abuse of mobile phone laws it at epidemic proportions, I see drivers playing with their phones every time I'm out. And as a cyclist just watch how many drivers flaunt the rules about crossing solid white lines when they overtake us.
I'm not suggesting most drivers are driving dangerously, but most will break the law on most of their journeys