A Milton Keynes driver has been sentenced to 175 hours of community service for causing the death of a cyclist by careless driving. David Stanley hit and killed Warren Trotman while driving a white Ford Transit van on the A5127 Birmingham Road in Lichfield on October 17, 2015.
MKCitizen reports that Trotman was riding from Wall Island to his home in Lichfield when he the collision took place.
Stanley was also banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a £2,500 fine and £1,000 in costs after pleading guilty to the offence at Stafford Crown Court earlier this week.
He told the court he did not see Trotman and the presiding judge said it was a moment of inattention on his part that had resulted in the cyclist’s death.
Trotman had not been wearing hi-vis clothing when he was hit and investigating officer, Sergeant Richard Moors, appeared to refer to this afterwards.
“I hope this sentencing brings some closure to the family of Mr Trotman,” he said. “We are committed to keeping Staffordshire’s roads as safe as possible and I would like to take this opportunity to remind all road users of their responsibilities.
“Motorists have a responsibility to position themselves appropriately to allow for other road users and cyclists need to consider their visibility and use suitable lights and/or reflective clothing as and when appropriate. We are all responsible for looking after each other on our roads.”
Cycling UK’s Road Justice campaign aims to improve the way the justice system handles bad driving in order to actively discourage irresponsible driving and raise driving standards. In March, the charity called on the Government to review the legislation relating to bad driving offences.
It is particularly concerned by the sometimes arbitrary distinction between careless and dangerous driving and has also suggested that if the two-tier system is to be retained then it may be necessary to introduce much tougher penalties for those acts of ‘careless’ driving that cause actual danger. It argues that such a move would be a means of signalling the social unacceptability of lapses of attention.