Your daily Letter to the Columnist — May 29, 2013
Dear Mr. Casey,
I would like to thank you for your great articles, insightful wisdom, enlightenment, satire and humor. It’s always a pleasure to read what you write.
I am writing to comment on your article, “Bicycle safety event is overdue,” in the Sunday, May 19th issue of The Roanoke Times.
Here’s the problem. Motor vehicle operators who cause injury (and death) receive only minor penalties. It’s a joke, is it not??? The legal system looks the other way, winks, excuses them, and probably gives them a gift card to a local automotive parts store, not to mention a “bicyclist down” sticker for for their bumper or fender.
Here’s what I think should be done: Motorists who injure cyclists should have their vehicle impounded, license suspended, and they should be required by law to ride a bicycle for ALL activities while the cyclist is recuperating from injuries — or face an equivalent amount of prison time. Read more »