In April 2007, 17 year old Rhiannon Bennett was hit by a cyclist whilst walking with friends. Rhiannon died six days later from severe head injuries. Mr Howard who hit her, whilst cycling, was fined £2,200 and was convicted of “dangerous cycling” however there is no punishment of imprisonment under this charge.
Mr and Mrs Bennett’s local MP wants to introduce a Commons Bill over the matter. The bill seeks to impose stricter punishments and guidelines for cyclist offences and to treat them in a similar way to those caused by motorists and motorcyclists. She is of the opinion that had the same offence been carried out by a motor vehicle driver, the punishment would have been far more severe.
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