LCC backs CPS protest but fails to cover lorry deaths
3.07.09 by Buffalo Bill
There’s a protest outside the offices of the Crown Prosecution Service today at 4pm. The CPS is the body in charge of bringing criminal cases to the courts. The police gather the evidence, but it is the CPS that decides which cases to pursue. They also decide whether a driver should prosecuted for causing death by careless driving, or simply careless driving (also referred to as driving without due care and attention).
Kate Cairns, sister of Eilidh Cairns, killed in a collision with an HGV in Notting Hill, said, “It seems that ‘Sorry mate I didn’t see you’ is enough for the Crown Prosecution Service. Is that all a driver has to say to get away with killing a cyclist?”
The quote above is from the London Cycling Campaign’s press release. Also in the press release is this quote:
LCC communications officer Mike Cavenett said, “Until drivers are called to account for their actions, we should expect more preventable deaths and injuries. On too many occasions, not seeing someone really means not paying attention or going too fast.”
I agree with these statements, and I applaud the LCC for backing this campaign. However, I find it slightly bizarre that although the LCC has been very active in the campaign to reduce the number of cyclists killed by HGV/lorries, there is no mention on their news section of any of the deaths so far this year. Maybe I’m missing something, but wouldn’t it help to mobilize support from their membership, which is many thousands strong, if the LCC was gave more publicity to the deaths? And given how little information there often is out there about cyclist deaths, isn’t this omission somewhat strange?
There is this campaign page called ‘Eliminating London’s lorry danger’, but surely the death of London cyclists is news that the LCC should be covering in detail?
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