When is law enforcement in this country going to figure out that "I didn't see him/her" isn't a defense for poor operation of a vehicle?
In non-biking but very related news, Hilliard crossing guard Dianna L. Sharp was struck and killed yesterday when a dump truck sped through a school zone and nearly hit 8-year-old Christian Engle. Sharp through her body between Engle and the truck and was mortally wounded. Engle is in intensive care but is expected to recover.
The driver made the now-famous "I didn't see her" defense, of course.
Now I know some people are going to think that I'm being extraordinarily harsh on this poor driver. Perhaps I am. But this is just about the best example I've ever seen of how the driver of a vehicle needs to be aware of absolutely EVERYTHING around them while they are operating it. Here's a driver of a huge truck, operating in a well-marked school zone, while children are crossing the street. That driver needs to be on alert for absolutely ANYTHING at all times, but especially in such a situation. Kids run out into the street, or fall into the street, or aren't paying attention as they cross, etc.
And if the driver can't see everything around him or can't operate his vehicle safely, then he needs not to be driving it. It's as simple as that. Safety and human life absolutely HAVE to come first on our roads, not speed.
People, not speed.