Proud supporters of the Road Justice Campaign
Slater and Gordon is a proud supporter of Cycling UK's Road Justice Campaign to make our roads safer by putting in place a justice system that discourages bad driving, educates drivers to a higher standard and takes bad drivers off the roads.
Slater and Gordon is a proud supporter of the Road Justice Campaign which aims to make Britain's roads safer.
Launched in 2013, the campaign came after an appeal by against what it described as the ‘unduly lenient’ sentence given to Edinburgh driver Gary McCourt, who killed two cyclists in 2011. Its call for the review for McCourt’s sentence – a five-month ban from driving and community service - received support from more than 6,000 people in the space of just three weeks. Sadly, the sentence was upheld and it’s one of countless stories of injustice against cyclists in the UK.
The dangers and injustices cyclists face
Cycling UK states that the road justice system in the UK is broken, with over 10,000 drivers holding valid licences despite accruing 12 penalty points due to an 'exceptional hardship' loophole in the system. In addition, when involved in a hit and run, whether you scratch someone's car in a car park or leave someone seriously injured by the roadside, the maximum penalty is six months in prison. There's also a confusion between the definition of 'careless' and 'dangerous' driving meaning many dangerous drivers are able to make a plea of careless driving.
As cycling accident lawyers with decades of experience, we understand just how much life can change for cyclists when they're seriously injured in a road traffic accident which is why we support the Road Justice Campaign.
What is being done
Cycling UK has presented compelling arguments to UK police representatives highlighting the need for better quality road collision investigations and appropriate charging practices. As a result of their campaigning, the Government promised to carry out a full review of road traffic offences and penalties in 2014, but this has not yet taken place.
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