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Driver fined $110 for hitting cyclist with door

You may have seen this news in your local paper, or in yesterday’s “Headlines” post, but in case you haven’t…

The driver who opened their car door and hit a cyclist in May, resulting in that cyclists crashing and then getting run over by a van is being fined $110 for it.

The Toronto Cyclists Union has been active in getting police to charge the driver with something, but a fine of $110 for “Open Vehicle Door Improperly” is falling rather short of what should be done. Wouldn’t something like “negligence causing death / bodily harm” be more appropriate?

The Highway Traffic Act doesn’t agree with me:

The Highway Traffic Act, Section 165, requires that:

No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on a highway without first taking due precautions to ensure that his or her act will not interfere with the movement of or endanger any other person or vehicle: (Fine $110 and two demerit points). [source]

If a driver was backing out of a parking space without looking and ran over a child, they’d have some answering to do, wouldn’t they?

I’m glad to report that yesterday’s “Headlines” post alerted TreeHugger to this, and they’ve posted about it here.

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