A new weapon in the cyclist's safety arsenal?
A miniature camera which can be attached to a helmet or handlebar is the latest device in the cyclists’ arsenal to tackle their conflicts with other road users (BBC News).
Ben Porter, a cyclist from London, bought a camera to show friends and family just how dangerous his daily commute could be.
According to the BBC News report, for most cyclists ‘naming and shaming’ drivers is as far as it goes. But Ben decided to take things further after one van driver overtook him too close and then jumped out to confront him.
Ben took the footage to his local police station and the van driver was eventually prosecuted and found guilty of a public order offence and driving without due care and attention. He was fined £300, with costs of £150 and given five points on his licence.
Mr Porter said: "I think he wanted to teach me a lesson. It wasn't very nice, but he didn't notice the camera."
Simon Robertson, from West Sussex, was undertaken by a coach while crossing a busy roundabout. He said: "The driver was in the wrong lane and cut right in front of me from the left, forcing me into the lane to my right. I was just lucky there was no car there - it was terrifying."
Simon posted a link to his video on RoadSafeLondon, a Metropolitan Police website set up for road users to report bad driving. The coach driver was fined £150 and given three points on his licence.
DCI Nick Chalmers, who runs the website, said: "The greater the number of cameras covering London's roads the more likely we are to secure a conviction for what are very serious offences.
“I think head-cams will help produce more considerate driving but video footage does not always show the full picture and the police will only prosecute if the evidence is clear."
Paul Kitson, a lawyer specialising in personal injury cases involving cyclists, said: "A camera helmet can secure a case for you, but personally I think it's going a bit too far. I do own a cycle helmet camera but I use it for skiing."
But cyclists who use them hope they will encourage other road users to be more considerate.
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