On the fourteenth of November 2005 I wrote about how I reported an incident to the Police where I was forced off the road and into a wall by a truck while I was cycling. It passed within centimetres of my arm and I was lucky not to be hit or dragged underneath.
I received a Captor Number commonly known as an Incident Number, which would ensure the details were followed through.
Four months have now passed and I have had no contact from the Police.
Perhaps their focus is on such things as increasing revenue and capturing speeding drivers with their increased mobile speed camera presence – the story from the BBC.
Mobile speed cameras will be monitoring Edinburgh’s roads for 12 hours a day over the summer…
…Colin McNeil, Lothian and Borders Police safety camera partnership manager…said: “We really don’t want to catch people speeding, we are here to make roads safer.
I suppose it’s easy with video evidence, to prosecute a driver after four months for driving a cyclist off the road is perhaps too difficult. This would show as an unsolved case on the figures when they are reporting at the end of the month.
Councillor Andrew Burns, Edinburgh Council transport leader, said road safety measures had reduced the number of people dying or being injured on the streets of Edinburgh.
How about protecting the cyclists and prosecuting those who break the Road Traffic Act? There are many stories from cyclists at my work who have had similar experiences. Some have not bothered to report the crime, and some who did have either been told there’s nothing that can be done, or not contacted.