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Injured cyclist says justice system is too lenient

Published date: 05 February 2013 |
Published by: Emily Davies
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A CYCLIST who suffered severe injuries when a car ran over both her legs, has said the justice system is too lenient on offenders.

Sarah-Charlotte Peace’s comments came as the driver of the car received a £110 fine and nine points on their licence at Shrewsbury Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
 

Susan Heater from Ipswich pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention following the incident at the Salop Road and Black Gate Street roundabout on August 22, 2012.
 

Mrs Peace, who has since launched a campaign to see a blanket 20mph speed limit in Oswestry, told the  Advertizer: “Because of the justice system the fine will never be enough. It is not about the money, but I wish she had lost her licence because I do not deem her safe and I worry for other people - tougher sentences are needed.
 

“Hence my thinking with the 20mph campaign. If the car had been going a lot faster it could have been a lot worse.”
 

Mrs Peace suffered multiple injuries, including soft tissue trauma, sprains, strains, crushing and an open wound in the accident. She spent two weeks in hospital.
 

But despite having to walk with crutches and painful physiotherapy treatments five times a week, she is spearheading the national ‘20’s Plenty For Us’ campaign in Oswestry.
 

Over 100 signatures have been received with petitions available in Honeysuckle, Radio Cafe, Stuart Barkley Bikes, plus an e-petition via the Shropshire Council website, which could spark a Shirehall debate. They are available until the end of March.
 

The 40-year-old said: “I want to make the roads safer for people; if they are safer for cyclists, they are safer for everyone.
“There is a real chance something will happen, especially as the Government are pushing people to get out and cycle.
“A third of the country have already got it in place or are implementing it, so it can happen.”
 

To find out more about the campaign visit http://peacecycling.blogspot.co.uk

 

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