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By Steve Farrell -
18 October 2011 12:05
Bad drivers are increasingly likely to have their antics caught on camera and posted online as more and more motorcyclists routinely use helmets cameras.
Sales of the devices have doubled in two years and risen 40% in the last 12months according to retailers.
The small cameras can be stuck to side of helmets with suction cups and record up to two hours on a battery charge.
One rider has created his own YouTube ‘channel’ with over 1000 subscribers and uploaded a string of videos shot in London called ‘Near Miss Stupid Drivers’.
One shows a black cab almost knock the Suzuki DRZ400 rider off as he swerves into his lane while speaking on his mobile phone. Moment later, the cab driver leans out of the window, phone still at his ear, and asks: “What did I do?” and the rider tells him his registration number is on film.
Matt Taylor, Marketing Director at ActionCameras.co.uk said: “Motorcyclists are now using helmet cameras a lot.
"Sales of the devices have increased by over 100% in the last two years."
Mark Nelson, MD of Dogcamsport.co.uk, said: "We’ve seen easily a 40% increase in helmet camera sales in the last 12 months alone and helmet suction mounts are the most popular accessory."
Other videos show cars pulling across bus lanes, driving on the wrong side of the road, nearly sideswiping bikes on the motorway and even deliberately swerving towards riders.
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The girl in the final clip didn't do much wrong.
The bike rider was filtering far too quickly in a VERY busy area full of people.
25 October 2011 15:57
25 October 2011 15:14
I Agree. All the videos here are things that happen just as often to me when I'm driving as well as when I'm riding. If only I had a camera in my car I could have videoed a Cretin on a Gixer pull a wheelie past me and 4 other cars plainly not seeing the car coming in the opposite direction. As road users we all occasionally have our blonde moments but weekend warriors round my neck of the world (West Sussex) seem to take riding badly to a new level. For every driver that puts us in danger accidentally there is a rider who does exactly the same to themselves. We need to put our own house in order before someone does it for us. P.s. I understand that every now and again it is good to blow off the cobwebs but get up early when the roads are empty not at 3 on Sunday when they are full of old people
22 October 2011 21:29
21 October 2011 01:59
Careful, what goes around comes around. If this camera mania becomes infectious, what is to stop cars having them and spying on bikes bending the rules for filtering, overtaking, etc.? There are too many damn cameras about already without this idea being promoted. Adapt, be flexible and survive, rather than continually being affronted by others' short comings...
20 October 2011 12:57
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