A TD who was knocked off his bicycle by a motorist has posted footage showing the motorist running into him last year, and outlined how the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is refusing to prosecute the driver.
Galway East TD, Ciaran Cannon (FG), suffered a knee fracture from the collision. His injury required surgery and took months of recovery before he was back cycling
He tweeted today: “It’s time to put in place specially trained Gardai who will adjudicate expertly on road traffic violations using video evidence submitted via an online portal. This is my video evidence (local CCTV) and our DPP has decided it’s not sufficient to secure a prosecution. #RoadSafety”
He said that the identity of the driver is not in question, and the DPP has just claimed that there’s not sufficient evidence to secure a prosecution in Court.
The video shows how Cannon was cycling beside slow-moving traffic when a motorist on the opposite side of the road crossed over the slow-moving traffic to turn into a side street or entrance, but before the motorist reaches the side of the road they hit Cannon who is flung over the bonnet of the SUV and onto the ground in front of it.
The motorist stops around a second or two after making contact but that put the SUV around a car’s length from the collision point.
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On June 3 last year he tweeted from his hospital bed that an “SUV driver collided with me last evening. Serious knee fracture, just out of surgery, long road of rehab ahead. He didn’t see me, came out of nowhere, focused on other cars, saw a gap, went for it, hit me. Those of us on bikes are here too, will we always be invisible?”