jules21 wrote:Xplora wrote:This is precisely why such an offence is necessary. Hitting the bus is preferable to mowing down pedestrians. The car has airbags and all sorts of gear to reduce the severity of impact. If hitting the vulnerable person on the footpath meant 4 weeks in the clink, he would have hit the bus instead.
with respect, i think it's highly unlikely that anything other than self preservation instincts would have influenced the driver's evasive actions in those circumstances. they would not have time to weigh up the legal outcomes of their vehicle control inputs.
Very hard to be definitive about this, because we don't know the driver, but you CAN make those decisions. You might not get the opportunity to correct them, but this is precisely the point - if you can't take responsibility for the vehicle, you shouldn't be using it. I can't quite work out how charging onto the footpath is going to seem like a better plan than the bus, but I'm not the guy. I am not here to make his excuses though - just to advocate for a change in the rules.
Since riding regularly, I DO feel the weight and seriousness of driving a car when I'm behind the wheel. Most people simply don't appreciate what driving a car means. The law is there to force people to take their actions seriously.