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twhite | 15:35 Fri 30th Jan 2009 | Road rules
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I've been charged with driving without due care and attention and I thinks it's very unfair.
I was leaving for work and approached a junction from our cul-de-sac, its a very quiet road so no signs except the give way broken white lines on the road. At the time of the morning, the sun rises directly to the right making it very hard to see down the road I was joining. Nevertheless, I knew this and as usual slowed right down trying hard to see if anything was approaching, uopn seeing nothing i proceeded left only to be hit by a lady on a pushbike. I was really shaken and shocked as I simply hadn't seen her, she fell off and cut her nose but apart from being shook up, she was fine. The police officer was very good and assured me not to worry as it was only a small accident.
Now I've received a letter charging me with driving without due care and attention, i couldn't believe it, I called the police officer who told me that his recommendation was no further action required, however it's obvious he has been over ruled.
I honestly do not believe that I was driving without care and attention and have no motor convictions whatsoever. Surely this is unfair - I really want to plead not guilty and explain to the court that the only explanaion is that the cycle was in the blind spot of the windscreen pillar, I slowed to a crawl whilst looking carefully but didn't see her,anyone advise me what to say to the court or what my chances are? Thank you

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Oh for Pete's sake twhite, just pay up and shut up
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Well, thank you to everyone for their views (except jd_here who is obviously stupid).
It's been an interesting excercise as I now know what to expect from differing points of view.
I have pleaded not guilty and will pop back on line to tell you all how it went.

Please don't post any more answers as I'm signing off this topic now.... sorry jd_here - no chance for any revenge there :-)
doesnt matter wot u do ur ******** ethel will side with the police no matter wot u say .. rememeber we r the police fund easy targets . police just sit back waiting 4 us drivers never mind street crime

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