We all need to be safer on the roads

Solihull News - - LETTERS & EMAILS -

IT is only right that cy­clists who kill or maim should face crim­i­nal sen­tences in the same way as driv­ers, as is cur­rently be­ing pro­posed by the Gov­ern­ment. We still grieve for our loved one in the same way re­gard­less of whether he or she is killed by a cy­clist or driver.

These mea­sures are an im­por­tant way to help re­duce ca­su­al­ties and bring cy­cling of­fences into line with driv­ing of­fences, as they should be. But the Gov­ern­ment must not be com­pla­cent. Three pedes­tri­ans were killed last year by cy­clists and these deaths are just the tip of the ice­berg. Last year 68 per­cent of pedes­tri­ans were killed by driv­ers.

I hope that these fig­ures can high­light that more needs to be done to re­duce need­less in­juries and deaths for all road users this Road Safety Week ( Novem­ber 19- 25). David Jef­fries, Red­ditch

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