This Is What Passes for Traffic “Justice” in America

The "mob" was actually a group of people on bikes trying to flag down a motorist who had hit one of their friends and driven off, dragging his bike. Image: <a href="http://www.10news.com/news/driver-bicyclists-tussle-in-normal-heights" target="_blank">KGTV San Diego</a>
The “mob” was actually a group of people on bikes trying to flag down a motorist who had hit one of their friends and driven off, dragging his bike. Image: KGTV San Diego

Here’s a great example of how American law enforcement tends to produce perverse results when it comes to traffic collisions.

A cyclist in San Diego was hit by a driver and managed to avoid more serious injury by jumping off his bike. Prior to the incident, the motorist had been honking repeatedly at the group the victim was riding with, according to this report from KGTV San Diego.

Although she struck a person, dragged his bike for blocks, and only stopped when confronted by the victims’ friends, the driver will receive no ticket and face no criminal charges. In fact, one of the friends who chased the driver down may be charged with a misdemeanor for banging on her window and breaking it. In KGTV’s telling, that makes the cyclists a “mob” and the whole incident “a tussle” between them and the driver.

That’s how it goes on American streets: Harming a person with your car carries no penalty but harming someone’s car most definitely does.

Hat tip Shane Phillips

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

The San Diego Leaders Who Sacrificed People for Parking

|
Earlier this year a street safety plan for Hillcrest and other San Diego neighborhoods was derailed after NIMBYs complained about the loss of curbside parking. The plan was prompted to prevent incidents like the 2012 crash when a driver hit a mother and her 3-year-old daughter in a Hillcrest crosswalk at an intersection with a history of […]

Anatomy of a Dangerous Intersection

|
Streets designed to facilitate fast driving are not suitable for safe walking. Unfortunately, transportation engineers often don’t design for safety unless a catastrophic event triggers public outcry. Katie Matchett at Where the Sidewalk Starts says the city of San Diego is planning changes at one intersection in an area where motorists routinely hit and injure people, but only after […]

Car Storage for a Few Trumps Safe Streets for All in San Diego

|
A major street safety campaign in San Diego is running up against the fierce territorial instinct that only on-street car parking can instill. After a two-year public process, a plan to create safe biking and walking access to Hillcrest and other neighborhoods reached a local advisory group called Uptown Planners. The plan calls for adding […]

Biking Skyrockets Where San Diego Added Buffered Bike Lanes

|
Build bike infrastructure and they will ride. It’s true just about everywhere, including San Diego. Thanks to bike counters set up around the region, Network blog Bike SD got data showing that cycling has skyrocketed on two streets where the city added buffered bike lanes last year: In late 2012 SANDAG, the region’s planning agency, installed bike counters around […]

San Diego Added 39 Miles of Buffered Bike Lanes in the Last Year

|
San Diego has a deserved reputation for being not the friendliest place to ride a bike in the state of California. But lately the city has made some admirable strides. Sam Ollinger at BikeSD reports on San Diego’s relatively big year in bike infrastructure: Donald Pornan, who works at the city’s Transportation and Storm Water Department, said […]