As the two tragic cases detailed earlier run their course, the roads are still lawless places where motorists can act with complete impunity, safe in the knowledge that the chances of getting caught are small and the punishment derisory.
Even drivers of clearly identifiable vehicles don't care. Today in Hackney, I was waiting in a pedestrian crossing with my bicycle when I heard someone talking. Looking around I saw a Tesco delivery van waiting at the lights next to me with the driver engrossed in conversation on a handheld mobile phone. The window was open - there was no attempt to furtively hide this law-breaking. And why not? It is hardly as if he will ever get caught for it.