To the Editor:
The EMTs from Barnegat Gentle To start with Assist Squad and police from Extensive Beach Township and Harvey Cedars ended up completely targeted on the unconscious jogger, who had seemingly come to be faint from heat stroke and then collapsed, sprawling throughout a lane on the Boulevard. The natural way, cars and trucks on the Boulevard screeched to a halt and were ready patiently while the EMTs and law enforcement did what they do so very well.
This was not a alternative that a bicycle owner, clocked at driving down the Boulevard in surplus of 30 mph, felt he experienced to make, nonetheless. With nary a crack in his pace, he ongoing his ride, weaving in and out of the stopped vehicles right until he was the only moving entity in the still left lane. When he slammed into Carl, a Barnegat Light initially responder, Carl experienced just taken a phase off the median to cross the Boulevard to aid the individual in want. (Of class Carl appeared to the correct to make confident that all cars were stopped right before he commenced to cross the street. The driver in the stopped motor vehicle closest to him even gave him a thumbs up/go in advance indicator.)
When the bike owner crashed into Carl, the biker lurched in excess of his bicycle and his bike helmet hit Carl squarely on the head. Carl flew 4 toes in the air and his currently damaged head hit the asphalt when he came down. Luckily, the huge green duffel bag that Carl was hauling with all his medical equipment likely absorbed some of the human body blow and saved his existence. Carl’s blows to the head produced a severe concussion and a wound that took 20 stitches to near. His crisis operation to repair his eye socket was scheduled for Aug. 30. The whole incident was recorded by both equally LBT and Harvey Cedars police cams on the scene. Individuals who have seen the online video have remarked that the collision was “horrific” and “extremely tricky to watch.”
None of this had to occur. To say that this Tour de France wannabe operated with no popular sense and no regard for an energetic emergency circumstance is a large understatement.
What can we do to encourage cyclists who journey on LBI that the regulations are there to make sure no a single gets harm? All towns have attempted lots of matters – public reminders, issuing tickets – but nothing would seem to adhere. There is a 15-mph pace limit for cyclists. Cyclists are demanded to obey traffic restrictions, just like vehicles, together with halting at pink lights, cease symptoms and obeying produce signals. Law or no law, even though, anybody with an ounce of perception would have observed stopped cars and trucks at the scene of an emergency problem and would have stopped, also.
The cyclist in this scenario was only issued tickets for careless driving and failure to quit for an emergency car or truck. He can plead guilty, mail in a check to fork out the fines and get ideal again on his bike and head off to endanger another person else. I implore city officers to adjust our area legal guidelines so that cyclists who refuse to adhere to the policies of secure biking can be issued a summons and incur breathtakingly critical money penalties for breaking the legislation. Then, and only then, will these unacceptable behaviors adjust.