So much for red! London’s reckless cyclists are criticized for ‘turning a blind eye to the law’ as more than a dozen light-jumping is filmed in dashcam footage
- Drivers whizzed past cars with no regard for safety in London’s Tower Hamlets
- A dashcam caught 16 cyclists driving recklessly without waiting for a green light
- The clip shows a designated cyclist waiting box that is occupied by only two riders
Cyclists have been criticized for jumping red lights while annoyed drivers waited in their cars.
Riders whizzed past pedestrians and vehicles with no regard for their safety in Tower Hamlets, London, last Wednesday.
A dash cam caught 16 cyclists – including delivery drivers with one wearing Deliveroo gear – driving recklessly without waiting for a green light.
The clip shows the designated waiting box for cyclists occupied by only two riders while others cycle past.
They were criticized online for breaking the law that motorists are often blamed for.
Drivers whizzed past pedestrians and cars with no regard for their safety in London’s Tower Hamlets last Wednesday
Twitter user Muzzy Ali said, “I see this every day, so not very surprised. This morning one wouldn’t budge and nearly collided with a mother and child on a school run.’
David Lawes said, “I challenge anyone to justify why we just turn a blind eye to these deadly law violations.”
Another said: ‘These boards have a total disrespect for the law.’ A third added: ‘Are we going to investigate the explosion of cyclists in collisions with pedestrians in London?’
A dash cam caught 16 cyclists – including delivery drivers with one wearing Deliveroo gear – driving recklessly without waiting for a green light
The clip shows the designated waiting box for cyclists who are only occupied by two riders while others cycle past
Cyclists caught running a red light by police face a £30 fine. About 7.5 million people cycle in England for leisure, health or work.
Last year, police enforcement of cyclists who jumped red lights or cycled on the sidewalk saw a 43.8 percent drop.
In contrast, motorists saw an 18 percent increase in fixed fines over the same period.
Earlier this year, an illegal immigrant mowed down a hospital worker when he hit him while running a red light in Tower Hamlets.
Albanian Ermir Loka, 23, was sentenced to two years in prison for hitting Peter McCombie, 72, at a speed of 15 mph while on his way home from the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.
Rather than apologize to his victim after the crash, Loka pointed to his damaged bike and declared, “Look what you’ve done!” before running away.
The CCTV footage of Loka was made public while he was in prison after his trial learned that he fled for fear of being deported.
The court heard Ermir Loka was traveling at a speed of 25 km/h when he collided with the pensioner in London in broad daylight
Mr McCombie’s family emphasized the pain driving through a red light could cause, saying: ‘He left Peter lying on a busy road, seriously injured, thinking only of himself at the time.
“That kind of cowardice is not to be despised. The anger we feel towards him is indescribable. We can’t even bear to say his name.’
Mr. McCombie’s head hit the pavement so hard it fractured his skull and damaged his brain.
He also suffered a broken jawbone, a broken rib and bruises to his legs after the collision on Bow Road last July 3.
Mr McCombie was taken to hospital for treatment but died of his injuries eight days later.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: ‘A red traffic light is one of the most basic traffic rules and they help control traffic and provide pedestrians with safe crossings.
“No one is above the law. It is essential that all road users stop at red lights to ensure that no one is ever put at undue risk.’
Tower Hamlets MPS said: ‘Everyone has a responsibility for road safety and it is essential that we all play a part in keeping ourselves and others safe on the streets and roads.
‘The majority of police surveillance focuses on the most common factors of traffic accidents, such as speeding, using mobile phones and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
‘With the increase in the number of bike rides in London, our agents are ensuring proportional enforcement of the traffic laws with cyclists.’