After the recent death of a bicyclist on Smith Road, I am reminded again how seldom I believe drivers are cited for not obeying the law. The law says the cyclist must ride as far right as is safe and the driver must pass at a distance which is safe. I would say if the car hits the bicycle, it is not a safe distance. Drivers normally use the “he swerved in front of me” defense and officers normally take their side. I wasn’t there at the accident but neither was the officer. He or she didn’t see the bike swerve. In almost every instance, I believe if the driver hits a cyclist traveling in the same direction, the driver is at fault. Swerve or no swerve, the driver should leave more room to pass. These senseless deaths can be avoided.
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