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
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.