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LONDON, UK (6 July 2000)–‘What is a life worth?’ is the first sentence in a recent press release from the UK’s largest cycling organization CTC. It is a reference to cyclist Carl Fox, who died when hit by a car traveling at 46mph in a 30mph zone. According to the CTC, the driver was fined […]

LONDON, UK (6 July 2000)–‘What is a life worth?’ is the first sentence in a recent press release from the UK’s largest cycling organization CTC. It is a reference to cyclist Carl Fox, who died when hit by a car traveling at 46mph in a 30mph zone. According to the CTC, the driver was fined just GBP100 and received three points on his license after being prosecuted for speeding. Next month CTC will launch its CycleSafe campaign with the backing of Liberal Democrat MP Don Foster. “Road safety is not a party political issue and we are working with CTC to highlight this situation because we want to ensure that our roads are safe for all. The law must support that right,” the politician says. Foster recently asked the Government how many drivers involved in road accidents where cyclists died had been prosecuted in the last five years. The Solicitor General’s office admitted it kept no records of specific offenses. “It is pretty depressing that with 3,500 fatalities on our roads every year the Government isn’t even keeping tabs on how the law is responding,” Foster said. Through CycleSafe, CTC will demand more Government protection for cyclists and other vulnerable road users. CTC is urging all cyclists and pedestrians to write to local MPs calling for safer roads. Stuart Reid, CTC campaigns and policy manager said: “For all our sakes we need a legal framework that discourages reckless and irresponsible behavior from any road user.” For more information log onto www.homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. (JW)

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