Bobcaygeon man charged under one-metre law after car hits cyclist

51-year-old woman sustained non-life threatening injuries in September 22 accident

Bicycle and car accident

A 77-year-old Bobcaygeon man has been charged under Ontario’s one-metre rule after his vehicle collided with a bicycle on Friday, September 22 on Kawartha Lakes Road 8, just west of Bobcaygeon.

The involved driver and several witnesses remained on the scene after the collision.

A 51-year-old female cyclist sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

Following a police investigation, Douglas Parker, 77, of Bobcaygeon has been charged with Fail to Leave One Metre While Passing Bicycle contrary to section 148(6.1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

Often referred to as the “one-metre rule”, the law passed in September 2015 requires drivers of motor vehicles when passing a cyclist to maintain a minimum distance of one metre between their vehicle and the cyclist.

The penalty is a fine in the range of $60 to $500 and an additional two demerit points on the driver’s record.

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