Cyclists who break the rules of the road should be punished like drivers

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A recent survey has highlighted the many cyclists in the country often break the rules of the road in order to bring themselves ahead of other traffic on the streets.

A road safety charity in the UK has recently issued a statement that urges police to enforce the road laws upon cyclists just as they would upon motorists. They said that cyclists who run red lights should be punished in the same way that motorists are.

This advice has been issued by the Institute of Advanced Motorists, after it recently completed a survey online of over 1500 cyclists. Nearly 60 percent of those cyclists involved in the study said that they have run a red light on at least one occasion. Furthermore, the study highlighted that around 15 percent say that they run red lights regularly in order to get ahead of other traffic on the road.

Cyclist involved with the study said that they do ride on pavements, despite the Highway Code saying they can’t, their primary reason being that some roads are simply too dangerous to ride on, or are too difficult to navigate on a bike. The survey also involved pedestrians and it highlighted that over 80 percent of them said they don’t feel threatened when a cyclist uses the pavement.

Drivers involved with the study tended to obey the rules of the road more often. Less than 20 percent of drivers admitted that they have run a red light on at least one occasion. Despite the better behaviour from drivers, nearly 90 percent of cyclist said that they believe drivers should stick to the Highway Code better when at junctions.

Motorists are being regularly reminded that they should not pass the stop line at traffic lights as this carries the same punishment as running the red light.

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