Bicyclist killed Madison County crash

A tradegy, no doubt, but what gets me mad about this story is the quote from the Madison County Undersheriff:

“Unfortunately it takes something bad like this to happen to learn that you can’t be doing this,” Ball said. “It was just a very tragic accident, that’s the bottom-line.”

Yes, it sure sounds like the old “blame the bicyclist” routine. Dumb thing to say, Undersheriff Ball. Can an undersheriff be censured?

There are no restrictions against riding a bicycle in any season in the NYS Vehicle and Traffic (VAT) code, and in particular, the VAT states:

The operator of a vehicle overtaking, from behind, a bicycle proceeding on the same side of a roadway shall pass to the left of such bicycle at a safe distance until safely clear thereof.

To be totally fair, there is nothing in the story on whether the cyclist was complying with NYS laws on the operation of bicycles, including the use of lamps. (The article states that the incident occurred at 5:40 pm, or after sunset at location.) But irregardless, I still think that was a dumb thing for an undersheriff to say.

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