off the back of the incident I described here I have just had a voicemail left for me by an officer at the local station.
(I haven't rung him back yet)
He has asked what my thoughts/opinion are on offering the driver an awareness course, which he would have to pay for and then attend, presumably covering things like hazard perception and observational skills, as an alternative to 'taking him to court for driving without due care and attention' <- his words.
Now, firstly I'm a little surprised, but pleased, that they actually followed up on this, but secondly, as I mentioned in the above thread, I talked with the driver at the scene, after catching him! and subsequently on the phone a few days later, he seemed genuinely remorseful, and was pretty scared about it getting back to his boss and him having problems at work.
Personally I think the entire incident has probably given him the wake up he needed about looking out for cyclists a bit better, and I would be happy to let it go, but that doesn't mean he couldn't actualyl benefit from going on the course.
I'm in two minds about what to do here...
Despite being a plank and knocking me off, I don't think this guy deserves to get taken to court and all the hoohaa that that will entail, I'm also happy that we put the matter to bed with a civil discussion, and I said on the phone that I wasn't going to take it any further and would not be claiming off his insurance or anything, although of course he knew that I had reported to the police due to minor injury.
If I call the officer back, is it down to me if it goes any further at all or is that up the them, for example can I say that I'm happy we have resolved the incident ourselves and that it need not go any further?
Anybody got any advice, words of wisdom, flaming etc.
Appreciate I may get a mixed response here but it's always good to sanity check and get other people's opinions...