It’s poor form to bump into someone and not have the courtesy to excuse yourself or apologise. It’s even worse to knock someone over and not offer them a hand up.
But it’s a downright illegal, dog act to hit a motorbike with a car, knock the rider off their bike and drive away from the scene without rendering assistance of any kind.
That’s precisely what took place at Maitland on Friday when a car knocked a young female motorcyclist off her bike in the middle of a roundabout.
We all want to think the best of people, but even when actively trying to rationalise this behaviour, there’s simply no excuse.
The driver didn’t realise he hit someone? Well, a moving car is a lethal object. Anyone who could be oblivious to this scene shouldn’t be behind the wheel.
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The driver panicked? That’s simply not acceptable. Confident decision-making is part of responsible driving. There is no room for erratic behaviour.
During Friday’s incident, witnesses ran to the rider’s aid and protected her from oncoming traffic. She walked away from the scene relatively unscathed. Her bike, however, was extensively damaged.
The rider’s outraged family took to Facebook that afternoon to share the story and call on witnesses to come forward with information that could identify the hit-and-run driver.
If you witnessed the accident, please call Crime Stoppers on1800 333 000.
But remember – it’s not just about breaking the law. Much road-safe behaviour is simple courtesy and good manners. Be patient. Wait your turn. Accept that it’s the same rules for everyone. And, if you do stuff up, stop and try to fix your mess.
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