A new video produced by Hertfordshire Constabulary is sending a ‘strong message’ to young cyclists who are riding dangerously by playing a ‘swerve game’.
Lesley Belcher from Borehamwood explains how her son, Paul, played ‘swerve the car’ and talks about the consequences it had for him.
Paul was involved in a collision with a car as a result of playing the ‘game’ in October 2017. The incident prompted his mother to release footage of the collision to act as a warning to others.
In the film Lesley describes how she found out about Paul being knocked off his bike via social media.
Lesley Belcher said: “The impact of such a stupid ‘game’ could have been a loss of life.
“When he walked through the door and looked at me, I just thought ‘you’re so stupid’.”
Lesley hopes the video will highlight the very real dangers of playing such a dangerous game. She said Paul and those in the car were very lucky to have come away with relatively minor injuries.
Sergeant Leah McDermott from the Borehamwood Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “This so-called ‘game’ just doesn’t make sense.
“Those who attempt to swerve in front of cars are not only putting themselves in real danger, but also those in the vehicles.
“I would like to thank Lesley for being so honest about her and her son’s experience, which I hope will discourage others of considering doing the same.”
The video is being shared on the force’s social media accounts and officers will also be visiting schools to show it.