Cycling in and around Birmingham England
In November I was knocked off my bicycle by a car which failed to stop at a roundabout. The force of the impact was sufficient to buckle both wheels and cause cuts to my leg.
The driver of the car stopped and he admitted liability, he even offered me £20.00 to have my bicycle repaired, but he refused to provide me with his name and address when I requested it.
I made an audio recording of most of the conversation I had with the driver and the driver’s wife, and I provided the police with a copy of it, along with a detailed written statement, and photographs of my injuries.
However, 56824 Alan Cartwright of the Traffic Process Department Criminal Justice Services has refused to take any action, and he has decided that “the matter should be filed without any further investigation” because there were “no independent witnesses to corroborate the information provided”, and he advised that the matter should be dealt with as a civil matter by my insurance company!
As you are no doubt well aware, failure to provide your name and address after you have caused an accident on the road is a criminal offence (paragraph 168 of the Road Traffic Act), and the subsequent exchange of texts between the driver and myself prove that he did fail to do so. There is therefore no reason whatsoever for not prosecuting the driver in this matter, and it must surely be in the public interest to do so.
This is clear evidence of police bias against cyclists.
Full details of this matter can be found at www.policewatch.moonfruit.com
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