A RIDER has been fined £1,000 after a female cyclist fell off her bike as she rode past on a country lane – but opinions are divided.
Paul Miley, 52, has been slapped with a £1,008 fine for driving without due care or attention – despite not touching the driver as he passed her in a village.
Footage from a helmet cam shows the woman falling into a ditch after Paul drove past her in his Land Rover Defender in Ashby St Ledger, Northamptonshire.
The clip was then shown to Northamptonshire Police, who said it “proved beyond a reasonable doubt” that Paul had shown no regard for other road users.
But the drivers quickly jumped to Paul’s defense.
They indicated that he had left room to overtake and the woman appeared to have caught her feet on the pedals.
One person commented: “Can’t see what he did wrong.
“Looks like she just fell because her feet were attached to her pedals. Maybe she just needs to learn how to get off her bike!”
Another added: “What a waste of time everyone,” while another said: “Where’s the offense?
A spectator said: “Honestly, if someone had walked, stepped aside and fallen into a ditch, it certainly wouldn’t have been the driver’s fault. He left a lot of space.”
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Others disagreed and sided with the cyclists.
Another viewer wrote: “Obviously a little consideration and appreciation for cyclists’ vulnerabilities would have been better than riding tight and fast.
“The woman could have fallen to the right into oncoming traffic on another day.”
Another said: “I agree he should have slowed down or stopped but no contact.
“And as others say, she only seemed to come off when others stopped and she couldn’t remove her feet from the foot holders on the pedals.”
Paul, from Ashby St Ledger, was fined, given five points on his driving license and ordered to pay £100 in expenses and a £101 victim’s surcharge.
He pleaded guilty to driving without due care or attention when he appeared in Northampton Magistrates Court last Friday.
After the fall, the force took to social media to share footage of what they described as a “reckless overtake” on June 11 last year.
It shows the group of three drivers driving down the single lane lane.
Paul then drives by when a cyclist yells at him to “slow down”.
After the car drives by, the camera pans back to the middle driver, who is then seen falling off her bike while the other woman continues to yell expletives.
PC Mo Allsopp-Clarke, from Northamptonshire Police’s Safer Roads Team, said: “Miley initially pleaded not guilty, claiming he drove past the group extremely slowly and was unable to move any further.
“The video evidence clearly showed that Miley had shown no regard for the cyclists that day and when he appeared in magistrates’ court he changed his plea to guilty.
“His driving fell below the standard of a competent and careful driver which could very easily have led to tragic consequences and I am pleased that the courts have treated the driver favorably.
“Drivers should always try to give cyclists and other vulnerable road users at least 1.5 meters space and overtake slowly. In this case on this street that would not be possible.
“On this occasion it would have been right to stop to let the cyclists pass safely.
“It will take a few seconds, and then everyone can safely continue their journey.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8587360/driver-fined-cyclist-fell-off-bike/ The driver has been fined £1,000 after the cyclist fell off her bike as she passed on the country lane