Currently 2 Responses
- Left Turns (see Section 316.151 (1)(b)(c), F.S.)
If the cyclist was using the Crosswalk, (which I disagree is what adult cyclists should be allowed to choose, if they are supposed to follow the rules governing vehicles) to make a change in direction, a left hand turn,
and failed to signal as required or follow the traffic control devices as required by the statute above, then why did the State Trooper find the bus driver liable. It seems like the bicyclist was the one that failed to follow the law in this case. I think that the State Trooper needs to brush up on the responsibilities of the cyclist when operating on public roads. I think that the Bus driver was unfairly charged because of lack of education on the part of the Trooper. Law enforcement can't possible know every statute and should not be in a position to make judicial decisions. In this case the driver is going to have an uphill battle and the bicyclist has already slipped away. I think the cyclist should have been charged. I don't think that the Bus driver was responsible but I may not be getting the full story if the writer before me is incorrect. Possibly the story is missing crucial details or is just wrong.
- This story doesn't make sense.
The bus is heading north on Gateway, and is stopped at the light at Stickney. The route 17 bus turns LEFT and not RIGHT to travel westbound and not eastbound, continuing to Route 41, where it turns right heading downtown. The picture shows a Venice destination bus, and that one would be in the other direction.
The bus would have been in the left lane of Gateway preparatory for the turn, and would have been focused on the turn. My guess is that the bike rider failed to observe that the light on Stickney had turned Red or was about to turn red, ignoring the likely red pedestrian light, and continued directly in front of the bus.
Either the accident report is wrong, or the reporting is wrong.
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