Due in part to the considerable number of different law enforcement agencies that exist within the District of Columbia, many officers are not well-versed in current traffic laws that pertain specifically to cyclists. This lack of uniform education is a serious issue for cyclists who have been injured in an accident, as the police report is very often the first thing that an insurance adjuster reviews.
In a recent article on Roll Call, which focuses on a 2015 cycling accident involving 23-year-old Emily Estus on Capitol Hill, Mr. Deming offers his insight and opinion on why the lack of education for law enforcement officials is a problem in DC. He also reminds fellow cyclists to protect themselves and to follow the rules of the road. Greg Billing of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association weighs in as well and calls for better education across the various agencies.