Reply to post: Re: Just for you townies... @lost all faith

Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

Peter Gathercole Silver badge

Re: Just for you townies... @lost all faith

The Department of Transport's Driving manual states that a driver should always drive within the stopping distance for their vehicle.

It does not matter if you are driving on a dual carriageway, a motorway or a single track country road, the onus is always for the driver to be able to stop if an unexpected hazard appears.

This means that the police's instance on killing the cow because it was a danger to traffic is really bogus.

If there was really an issue with this, then they should be out culling all of the deer, wild ponies and badgers that are very, very frequently seen on the roads I drive on in Somerset, including A roads and dual carriageways. The number of times I have to take avoiding action, especially at twilight, is almost uncountable.

This was clearly a gross over-reaction by police in a rural area who should really have known better!

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