Keeping cyclists safe

 

The tragic death of the cyclist Aaron Cohen has been well covered by the news media. As a resident of Key Biscayne, I am very familiar with the need for safety of the many cyclists (single and roaming packs) who enjoy the paths and share the roadways with heavy vehicular traffic especially during the summer months and the traditional beach holidays such as Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day.

The May 10 article, Tragedy is rallying point for cyclists, illuminates the difficulty of people who are familiar with the issue such as other cyclists or those who have an interest and endorse a curative change to existing law such as Cohen’s widow.

The tone of the article was that the punishment to Mr. Traverso was inadequate and that an impaired driver should not be able to avoid appropriate punishment by reporting the crime after sufficient delay for sobriety.

The article detailed the perspective of the legislators seeking change in an opaque system even where there is grassroots support and little opposition and it speaks of the mandatory minimum sentence for drivers who leave the scene of a fatal accident.

Richard E. Tejera, Key Biscayne

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