Ireland: 13 Club Cyclists rammed by motorist in Hit & Run Road Rage Attack
As cyclists face the continuing brunt of motorists' frustration, here is a story from the Irish Herald today:
"A TOTAL of 15 witnesses are assisting gardai in their investigation into a hit-and-run incident that left 13 cyclists injured.
The probe into the incident, which occurred in Garristown in north Dublin earlier this month, is continuing and no arrests have been made yet, a garda spokesperson confirmed to the Herald.
However, it is understood that a large number of witnesses have contacted detectives at Duleek Garda Station investigating the case. Wesley Murphy, a member of the Dublin Wheelers Cycling Club, initially feared he had been left with a broken back following the incident, which happened on Saturday, November 1. The well-known triathlete, from Monkstown in Dubin, was left with a broken collarbone and broken ribs after the incident.
"We went down like skittles," he said. "He drove at us as if he was overtaking but drove into the line. One guy was dragged along with the car. He had all his clothes ripped but his injuries are superficial." Speaking about his own more serious injuries, he said: "I went flying off and got belted pretty hard. "At first they thought my back might be broken, but it was just that my chest had frozen up." Mr Murphy spent three days undergoing treatment at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. "It could be a lot worse.
My helmet was crushed but usually I wouldn't wear it when I'm out training. I'll wear it going down to the shop now." Mr Murphy, who is a competitive cyclist, was just getting back into full training and hoped to compete in the round-Ireland circuit next year, having advanced through the grades recently. "That's all on the back burner for a while now," he said"
Dublin will receive up to 5 million Euros to improve the cycling infrastructure in the city but more needs to be done to make cycling safer from road rage attacks, with tougher punlishments for anti social motorists, more CCTV and registration numbers that can be put on the sides where pedestrians and cyclists can also see them. Currently registration numbers are only on the front and back which can enable hit and run motorists to escape. It is impossible to see registration numbers from the side.
Cyclists are constantly vulnerable on our streets, due to the behaviour of some anti social motorists who don't want to share the road. Many have been thrown glass bottles from cars or been punched whilst cycling. In a number of circumstances airguns have been used on them. The Herald's story is yet another road rage attack.
If he gets caught, cyclists don't expect a jail sentence for him even though it is something the motorist deserves for the sheer volume of cyclists affected.
In the UK, cyclists, with helmetcams, who are aware of the Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 that protects them from attacks that cause 'alarm and distress' have reported several anti social motorists and some of the drivers have had their cars crushed because of this.
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