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Guilty verdict in death by dangerous driving Wetherby

1st July 2015

Brian Colling was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, after he clipped Darren Greaves, 38, who was riding his bike, the Harrogate Advertiser reported yesterday. Greaves fell into the path of another car, and was killed. The incident happened on 17th October 2014. 

The punishment imposed on Colling was 120 hours of community service. The Advertiser quoted traffic Sergeant John Lumbard as follows, 'The verdict sends a clear message to drivers regarding the responsibility they have towards vulnerable road users, in particular cyclists. 

The Highway Code gives strong guideance within the rules for drivers: overtake only when it is safe to so, give motorcylists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would a car when overtaking, and take into account any wobbles or swerving by cyclists who may be trying to avoid potholes or defects in the road. 

When approaching cyclists, drivers need to be prepared to slow down and if necessary follow the cyclist until there is a safe opportunity to overtake. If there is oncoming traffic then drivers should show patience and not try to squeeze through the gap. Neither should drivers attempt to overtake cyclists on bends where the view ahead is obscured.

Following the guidance given in the Highway Code will only add a few seconds to a journey, but the consequences of attempting to pass a cyclist at the wrong time could be very serious. We need to make the roads as safe as we can, and following the Highway Code will go a long way to achieving this.'