The Road Justice campaign began in 2009 as a campaign called ‘Stop SMIDSY’, named after the perennial excuse given by drivers when they hit cyclists and bikers: ‘Sorry mate, I didn’t see you’.
The purpose of Stop SMIDSY was to record cases of bad driving so that CTC could develop a good understanding and evidence base of the failures of the legal system. An online tool was developed for Stop SMIDSY where crashes and near misses were reported. The reports provided evidence of multiple failings during investigations of road collisions, and at the charging, prosecution and sentencing stages.
These reports provided the basis of the lobbying activity CTC’s campaigns team has begun to conduct on behalf of vulnerable road users. By contacting the individuals who reported their collisions or near-misses CTC was able to put together the testimonials on this website.
CTC campaigns on six main themes: commitment to cycling; designed for cycling; off-road access; promotion and encouragement; safe drivers and vehicles; and public transport. You can learn more about CTC’s campaigns at http://www.cyclinguk.org/current-campaigns