A woman was left traumatized after a vehicle pulled out into her in broad daylight.
Jennifer Rodrigues, 24, was cycling along Churchill Way when a car pulled out of a side road, knocking her off her bike.
Rodrigues was shocked at the lack of concentration and when getting up to confront the driver he drove away.
This was not the first time something like this had happened to Jennifer. She stated: “In my year of living here I’ve almost been hit twice. The first time was when I was walking with my brother and a car reversed into us.”
“I tapped the boot of the car as if to say what are you doing but the driver wasn’t phased. The driver clearly saw us as well because we made eye contact as I was about to pass him and he continued to reverse.”
Rodrigues also noted: “When I lived in Scotland, nothing like this ever happened. I’m not sure whether it’s because we are in the city now as we were in a village before. They need to do something about these moronic drivers.”
Drink driving seems to increase over the Christmas period. Between 2017 and 2018 drink driving offences rose by 16%.
Jennifer stated: “My first thought when I see a bad driver is, is this person drunk? I don’t even think people know what the alcohol limit is for driving.”
According to RAC the smallest amount of alcohol can affect your vision, reaction times, and ability to drive, even if you remain well below the legal drink-drive limit of 80 milligrams per 100 milliliters. Meaning that it’s safer not to drink and drive at all.
With Christmas drawing near and celebratory drinks being shared Jennifer hopes that Salford drivers make sensible decisions when it comes to driving.
“People driving around Christmas time does scare me but it’s been on my mind a lot how many people are going out and drinking recently. It seems as though now lockdowns ended everyone’s catching up on lost time. Hopefully, the number of accidents won’t rise this Christmas, and people will just be sensible and leave their keys at home.”