Steven Culbertson of Lakeport, CA took his own life as well as the life of a family of four when he ran a red light in his Mini Cooper at 100 MPH over the Thanksgiving weekend near Novato, CA.
Culbertson, who was not wearing a helmet, struck a Honda stopped at the light before smashing into a minivan where Lakeville Highway crosses Highway 37 in Sonoma County. The occupants of the minivan -- John Maloney, his wife Susan, and their children Aiden (age 8) and Grace (age 5) -- were declared dead at the scene.
If motorists want the right to use the road, they should follow the rules of the road. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration surveys show that motorists obey the law at about the same rate that cyclists do. Red light running by motorists seems to be on the rise. Motorists roll through stop signs and fail to yield the right of way as blatantly as anybody else.
In other news, the Philadelphia city council introduced a bill for a $1000 fine for cyclists who ride brakeless.
Murph also weighs in on the MINI Cooper wreck as the City of Brotherly Love ponders confiscating brakeless bikes and wonders why vehicles capable of breaking the speed law in the entire nation are even allowed on the public roads? How often are cars confiscated because of a broken headlight or missing bumper? Dan Connelly left a comment reminding us that California law already mandates speed limits on electric motor bicycles.