First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

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First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby gbnz » 19 Jun 2009, 4:18pm

Well my cycling career almost ended two hours ago! End of a quick 20 mile Friday afternoon spin on country roads, heading back through town, nearly home

Roundabout is empty, except me, when some idiot at high speed storms onto the roundabout without giving way, a fraction of a second away from hitting me from the side. As it was, I hopped/jumped (With a road bike!),parallel to the car, stretching a brand new brake cable in an attempt to stop, to the extent it stretched to a point at which the brake doesn't work. A positive thing about a small medieval town centre, is that a bike is far faster than a car - breaking the speed limit on the flat isn't difficult on a road bike. So time, full registration details, vehicle make, description, parking spot noted

Round to the police station, full statement, signed and I'm easy about going to court. Seems possible this one will get a driver improvement scheme, £150 fine or a court appearance. What a satsifactory end to the week :D

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Re: First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby hamster » 19 Jun 2009, 4:35pm

Sounds like a satisfactory result - not least because you are unhurt.
I doubt the cable stretched -more likely you used strength you didn't know you had and pulled it through the cable clamp.

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Re: First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby Ivor Tingting » 19 Jun 2009, 4:42pm

I expect your local force will give the matter their full attention and will do absolutely diddly squat.
Witlesses?
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Re: First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby 2Tubs » 19 Jun 2009, 4:49pm

Ivor Tingting wrote:I expect your local force will give the matter their full attention and will do absolutely diddly squat.
Witlesses?


That would be mu guess too.

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Re: First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby downfader » 19 Jun 2009, 11:03pm

Ivor Tingting wrote:I expect your local force will give the matter their full attention and will do absolutely diddly squat.
Witlesses?


Not always. If the same vehicle/driver keeps popping up they can take all of those into account as it proves antisocial behaviour. We should be careful about propergating the myth that the Police are workshy on this.

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Re: First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby gbnz » 20 Jun 2009, 10:06am

downfader wrote:
Ivor Tingting wrote:I expect your local force will give the matter their full attention and will do absolutely diddly squat.
Witlesses?


Not always. If the same vehicle/driver keeps popping up they can take all of those into account as it proves antisocial behaviour. We should be careful about propergating the myth that the Police are workshy on this.


I don't anticipate it going to court. However I know it'll be followed through

It helps that it's a small town, with an issue with boy racers and an issue with the boy racer concerned (No surprise the officer involved recognised the problem driver). Having been formerly involved in a legal enforcement role, I have every confidence in utilising the law enforcement process to ensure myself and others are not harmed by dangerous driving, which in this case will probably merit a driver training scheme

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Re: First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby downfader » 20 Jun 2009, 10:57am

gbnz wrote:
downfader wrote:
Ivor Tingting wrote:I expect your local force will give the matter their full attention and will do absolutely diddly squat.
Witlesses?


Not always. If the same vehicle/driver keeps popping up they can take all of those into account as it proves antisocial behaviour. We should be careful about propergating the myth that the Police are workshy on this.


I don't anticipate it going to court. However I know it'll be followed through

It helps that it's a small town, with an issue with boy racers and an issue with the boy racer concerned (No surprise the officer involved recognised the problem driver). Having been formerly involved in a legal enforcement role, I have every confidence in utilising the law enforcement process to ensure myself and others are not harmed by dangerous driving, which in this case will probably merit a driver training scheme


I think these driver training schemes are actually a good idea. It gives the Police power to solve a problem the courts probably wouldnt want to consider and the driver gets something out of it (plus losing some money from their pocket helps them to realise there can be costs involved).

I think you've done the right thing and commend you for it. If he's known in the worst capacity he will get banned eventually, perhaps even have his car destroyed.

I wonder? Does anyone know if the new powers have come into place for on-the-beat bobbies to issue points to drivers? I did read there had been plans.

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Re: First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby Ruth28 » 20 Jun 2009, 5:33pm

Last year, I was hit by a car that pulled out of a junction without looking. Luckily I wasn't hurt (though badly shocked) and the bike was OK. I had a witness who got the numberplate (the driver didn't speak to me, just watched me stand up and drove off). I went to the police and they were absolutely mystfied about why I was reporting it! I made a pest of myself and got it logged but it felt like a complete waste of time. Should I have done anything else?

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Re: First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby [XAP]Bob » 20 Jun 2009, 5:48pm

Ruth28 wrote:Last year, I was hit by a car that pulled out of a junction without looking. Luckily I wasn't hurt (though badly shocked) and the bike was OK. I had a witness who got the numberplate (the driver didn't speak to me, just watched me stand up and drove off). I went to the police and they were absolutely mystfied about why I was reporting it! I made a pest of myself and got it logged but it felt like a complete waste of time. Should I have done anything else?


yes - it was a hit and run.
the driver left the scene of an accident.

both are serious offenses
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Postby downfader » 20 Jun 2009, 6:16pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:
Ruth28 wrote:Last year, I was hit by a car that pulled out of a junction without looking. Luckily I wasn't hurt (though badly shocked) and the bike was OK. I had a witness who got the numberplate (the driver didn't speak to me, just watched me stand up and drove off). I went to the police and they were absolutely mystfied about why I was reporting it! I made a pest of myself and got it logged but it felt like a complete waste of time. Should I have done anything else?


yes - it was a hit and run.
the driver left the scene of an accident.

both are serious offenses


I agree, though if unhurt I have been told the driver is allowed to leave if he just throws his name and address at you. :?

If you were unsatisfied with the police response then you can ask to see a more senior officer. There are in-house complaint procedures too, and if those fail then the IPCC can deal with it. All the info is on your local constabulary website. If you feel the response was really bad an extra complaint to your MP can also be a tool.

The usual response is for them to ask you to fill out a form and then they contact the driver.

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Re: First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby Ruth28 » 20 Jun 2009, 6:24pm

Thanks to all - I'll make even more of a nuisance of myself if it happens again (hopefully not!)

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Re: First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby downfader » 20 Jun 2009, 6:28pm

Ruth28 wrote:Thanks to all - I'll make even more of a nuisance of myself if it happens again (hopefully not!)

Ruth


Well the thing is to be direct and polite and know your rights and responsibilities. I was lucky with mine as I had a good copper at the scene, and the guys in the station were really cool.

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Re: First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby lauriematt » 20 Jun 2009, 9:55pm

glad your unhurt!

although whenever i have near misses with a car i just tend to shout a little at the driver & carry on my way! dont bother reporting

theres been times too when a near-miss has been my fault. ie pulling out of a junction without looking properly. i suppose if i reported the drivers...its only fair that they report me too for cr*p cycling
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Re: First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby minkie » 21 Jun 2009, 10:54am

lauriematt wrote:glad your unhurt!

although whenever i have near misses with a car i just tend to shout a little at the driver & carry on my way! dont bother reporting

theres been times too when a near-miss has been my fault. ie pulling out of a junction without looking properly. i suppose if i reported the drivers...its only fair that they report me too for cr*p cycling

Nice one :)

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Re: First time nearly hit by a car - police notified

Postby gbnz » 10 Jul 2009, 11:26am

I don't believe the driver concerned in my incident enjoyed his remedial driving course (Judging by his expression in the local newspaper).