After 16 months, a conviction looks likely for an unruly driver who Cycling ACT reported to police in 2017

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After 16 months, a conviction looks likely for an unruly driver who Cycling ACT reported to police in 2017

Postby Ross » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:30 pm

http://www.act.cycling.org.au/Road/News ... road-users

In what could be called a win for all vulnerable road users and cycling events, a Cycling ACT-brought court case appears likely to record a criminal conviction for an alleged offender who drove their car into a cycling event moto-commissaire in Canberra in March 2017. The moto-commissaire, who was officiating in the 2017 Oceania Road Championships at the time of the incident, was physically unhurt, however the motorcycle he was riding sustained minor damage


Summary

On 10/7/2018, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge after originally pleading not guilty at the initial hearing.

The individual was charged with violating Section 7 (1)(c) of the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) ACT 1999, which states:

A person must not drive a motor vehicle furiously, recklessly, or at a speed or in a way that is dangerous to the public, on a road or road related area.

The alleged driving act also constitutes an aggravated offence under Section 7A (1)(vi), which states:

the person was driving in a way that put at risk the safety of a vulnerable road user;

The maximum penalty for an aggravated offence of this nature is 200 penalty units ($30,000), 2 years imprisonment, or both;

The case has been adjourned until 2 August 2018, where a sentence is expected to be made.

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