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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby supera » Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:57 pm

STOCK GUY wrote:Whether he intended to do him in or not, the guy's dead. He did not stop to help. It's murder for me.


I doubt you were in the court room, and I doubt you've read the case. the incidents are tragic enough without people's ill-informed commentary.

in any case, anyone who knew what a psych ward was like wouldn't be outraged. this guy will be more disempoweredand do harder time in a padded cell than any prison inmate.
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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby Sydguy » Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:21 am

Supera - hit the road on your bike for 200 to 300kms a week and you will quickly change your tune. Too often sentences handed down for crimes committed whilst driving are woefully soft. People need to relax. Almost every car that comes up behind me is like the 2 cyclists who harassed ou, except the car weighs a 1,000 kgs.

The question with this case is why did the guy have a drivers licence? Can you get a ticket to operate heavy machinery when you are a head case... probably not, but driving - hey that is ok! What could possibly go wrong on the roads???

We laugh at America over its addiction to guns then we turn around and do the same with cars. How many kids will we wipe out over Xmas? NSW had a red hot go at hitting 400 deaths this year, but we stalled at 360ish... only 1 person every day. Hopefully with more motivation from D Meers and soft sentencing we can get closer to 400 for 2013.

Looking forward to a bumper year next year - just hope it is not my rear tyre on the bumper.

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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby supera » Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:19 pm

I actually agree with everything you've said - we're massively soft on drivers.

but that bloke had a severe mental illness. in an ideal world, obviously he wouldn't have a license - perhaps those closest to him now bare that burden, because the articles say it only set on in the monthe leading up the the death.

I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like for the riders family, because they didn't get justice. but prison is no place for a schizophrenic.
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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby twizzle » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:15 pm

Nut cases will often drive, license or not. We know some people who's son was brain-damaged in an industrial accident, the car had to be physically removed to stop him from driving (under the influence as well). Not enough left to reason with. Eventually he moved into supported accommodation, then was stabbed in the eye with a pair of scissors by another "inmate". :(

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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby The 2nd Womble » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:11 pm

What is the total number of fatalities in 2012? I can't find anything national.
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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby KonaCommuter » Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:53 pm

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Cyclist struck and killed by truck http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/artic ... d=10871824

A cyclist has been struck and killed by a truck near Taupo.

Police said the woman was part of a group of cyclists who were riding on Poihipi Rd in a rural area north of the town yesterday morning.

The woman suffered fatal injuries when she was struck by the passing truck shortly before 10am.

Police said they were working with witnesses to identify the causes of the crash.
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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby KonaCommuter » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:46 am

New Zealand - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/artic ... d=10874261


Hopes for a fatality-free Easter were dashed just two hours into the holiday road toll period when a cyclist was killed in South Canterbury last night.

The 55-year-old Temuka man died after a vehicle and bicycle collided at the intersection of Milford-Clandeboye Rd and Bain Rd near Temuka, north of Timaru, about 6pm yesterday.

The crash came just two hours after the start of the official Easter rod toll period.

Last year, there were no road deaths during Easter for the first time since records began 57 years ago.

Police had earlier called on drivers to make that happen again.

National road policing manager Superintendent Carey Griffiths said it would be outstanding if motorists helped "make history for a second time".

"Last Easter we showed that we all can make a very real difference by collectively watching our speed, wearing our seatbelts, not driving drunk and maintaining our concentration, particularly as more people travel away over the break."

Mr Griffiths said police would be a highly visible presence in urban and rural areas throughout the country over Easter.

They would focus on enforcing the lowered 4km/h speed tolerance, which applies during all holiday periods, as well as targeting drunk and dangerous driving.

In Canterbury, police have been targeting alcohol and speed, which caused three of the four fatal crashes in the region over the last five Easter weekends.

There were no fatalities in Canterbury over the last two Easter weekends.

Senior Sergeant Phil Newton of the Canterbury highway patrol yesterday said a review of crash data showed the highest risk periods for speed-related crashes were Thursday afternoon and Monday afternoon, when motorists would be travelling to and from holiday destinations.

"These times are when there are heavy volumes of traffic on the road. Drivers can become impatient and take more risks - putting themselves and other road users in danger."

He urged drivers to slow down, be patient and allow extra time for travel.

In the central North Island, police will be using a fixed-wing aircraft to monitor traffic flows and identify speeding vehicles.

Central District road policing manager Inspector Dave White said it had proved a useful tool in reducing risks over the Christmas and New Year period.

"It gives us a bird's eye view of what's happening on our highways and roads ... Anyone we identify doing anything that places other drivers at risk can expect to be caught."

In Otago, police are expecting large volumes of traffic travelling to and from Cromwell for the opening of the Highlands Motorsport Park, a new 4.5km racing circuit.

The track will be officially opened today and events will continue on Easter Sunday.

Southern District road policing manager Inspector Andrew Burns said police would be out in force to make sure everyone gets to their destination safely.

Waikato police will focus on driver fatigue, after a crash near Otorohanga on Monday in which tiredness was a suspected factor.

A couple visiting from the UK were injured when the car crossed the centre line of State Highway 3 and hit a bank, rolling onto its roof.

The woman driver suffered minor injuries while a passenger suffered serious injuries. He was recovering in a ward at Waikato Hospital.

Waikato District road policing manager Inspector Marcus Lynam urged drivers to get plenty of rest.

The official Easter road toll period began at 4pm yesterday and ends at 6am on Tuesday.

More than 560 people have been killed in Easter road crashes since 1956.
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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby The 2nd Womble » Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:21 am

RIP bro, but since when did this become the 2013 New Zealand Fatalities thread?
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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby KonaCommuter » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:57 pm

The 2nd Womble wrote:RIP bro, but since when did this become the 2013 New Zealand Fatalities thread?



Just my humble opinion but Kiwi's migrate to OZ and drive here without sitting an Australian driving test. So whenever our cycling Kiwi's friends goes down it could just as easy be an Australian cyclist.


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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby The 2nd Womble » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:03 pm

I'm not really having a crack about it, but it just seems to be outside of the thread's scope. Others may see it differently :)
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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby WestcoastPete » Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:07 pm

Personally, I feel that there are enough similarities between the two countries that there is value in highlighting incidents such as fatalities. Many of us cycle there and many kiwis cycle here. The attitudes towards cyclists in NZ appears to be quite different to here, but the modalities of fatalities can still lead to worthy discussion about cycling safety here in Australia, as well as to remind us that any outing on the road - regardless of the vehicle you choose - has inherent risks.
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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby InTheWoods » Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:57 pm

KonaCommuter wrote:
The 2nd Womble wrote:RIP bro, but since when did this become the 2013 New Zealand Fatalities thread?



Just my humble opinion but Kiwi's migrate to OZ and drive here without sitting an Australian driving test. So whenever our cycling Kiwi's friends goes down it could just as easy be an Australian cyclist.


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No put them up, but put them in the 2013 thread.
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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby WestcoastPete » Thu May 02, 2013 11:01 am

A cyclist has sadly been killed early this morning in Humpty Doo, just out of Darwin.

It looks like an eBike in the pictures. I know a guy out there who rides one regularly, but the person killed is a female. Very sad.
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Re: 2012 Cyclist fatalities

Postby thomashouseman » Fri May 03, 2013 10:30 am

Locking topic, use the 2013 one instead: viewtopic.php?f=53&t=61051
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