Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition has put their energy behind a petition campaign to end hits-and-run. Hits happen, of course; at-fault collision and even some accidents put riders down. But why do people run? “Because they’re likely to get away with it,” LACBC says. Until we get Sacramento to put real sanctions to the crime!
We want to thank Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) for stepping up with AB 1532 to make mandatory a 6-month license suspension of any motorist convicted for fleeing the scene of a collision or failing to provide identification. “This is a sensible fix to the law that will lead people to think twice before leaving the scene of an accident,” Gatto said, and we agree. On conviction
City of Los Angeles Public Safety Committee recently agreed to urge LAPD to use “crime” when describing and reporting hit-and-run incidents. We never call collisions ‘accidents’ because they’re entirely preventable. Likewise drivers need not flee. About 15 drivers flee the scene after collisions in Beverly Hills every month. So let’s call them out as common criminals too.
Six Weeks after a motorist attempted to kill a cyclist in a Beverly Hills alley, “the public leads have dried up,” BHPD Lt. Hoshimo told us today. Aside from a second video and even a third (all posted on the BHPD vimeo page) there are no further developments. “It’s still under investigation,” he said. Seen the car? Know of a “male/Middle Eastern or White, mid 30’s with dark hair and dark eyes with a thin build” behind the wheel? Continue reading
Remember the attempted murder & hit-and-run on a cyclist in Beverly Hills back on April 3rd? You’d think a crime like that would garner significant media attention seeing as it was captured by CCTV video. That it would generate concern among commissioners on the Traffic and Parking Commission. That the body receiving a standing monthly police report on collisions and citations would bother to ask. Today we tuned into the live commission broadcast to learn that commissioners wouldn’t be wrestling with this threat to public safety because they had other pressing business. Like the assault never happened. Continue reading
On June 12th 2011, Paul Livingston was riding his white Bianchi eastbound on Santa Monica Boulevard when he was struck from behind by motorist Victoria Chin right at Beverly Hills City Hall (Crescent Drive). She fled the scene. This serious collision not only totaled the bike – taco wheel, bent frame, cracked saddle – it sent Mr. Livingston to the hospital with a cracked pelvis and factured vertebra. Fortunately he’s not totaled and Paul and a handful of cyclists attended today’s preliminary hearing to – for the first time – hear the defendant face up to her crime. Continue reading