Thursday, April 30 2009 @ 12:21 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
A School Street man was charged with driving to endanger after brushing a bicyclist with his SUV Sunday morning on Maine St.
[Name retracted], 47, was summonsed after two bicyclists said he struck one of them in the arm with his vehicle as they rode northbound on Maine St, Brunswick Police Cmdr. Marc Hagan said Wednesday.
According to the statements, [Name retracted] then pulled over an exchanged words with the bicyclists, telling them they weren't supposed to be in the roadway, Hagan said. The bicyclists reported [Name retracted] license plate number, and police charged him on Monday.
The incident wasn't necessarily an accident, Hagan said, because it occurred because of the way he was driving. He was operating in such a way to create a danger. You?re supposed to give a bicycle rider three feet of room. Mr. [Name retracted] felt they shouldn't have been in the roadway, but the fact is that bicyclists do have a right to be in the road, and if a car is coming the other way, (drivers) are supposed to wait (to pass).?
[Name retracted] also received a summons for failure to use care when passing a bicyclist.
Hagan said drivers should try to be more patient with bicyclists, but that bicyclists must also stay as far to the right as possible. [Note that the police have this bit of the law wrong.]