Helmet Camera Provide Protection To Cyclists
A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the global trend of cyclists using helmet cameras to protect them when going about their daily commutes on public roads. Bullet and head cameras are now being employed as the cycling equivalent of the black box recorder on an airplane, providing high-tech evidence between the people that ride the roads on two wheels and those who ride on four.
Cyclists have long endured a rocky relationship with motorists and pedestrians, who often criticise cyclists for running red lights and otherwise exempting themselves from the rules of the road. When a cyclist was sent flying onto the nearby pavement during his daily work commute, events happened so fast he didn’t have time to notice the licence plate of the vehicle that had sideswiped him. Witnesses were also unable to provide this information.
It was only on reviewing the video footage from his GoPro helmet mounted camera was he able to see the whole sequence of events, including the licence plate. After watching the video Mr Wilder gave the licence plate number to the police and the suspect was eventually charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
‘Without the video, we wouldn’t know who did it,’ said Mr Wilder, 33, who was bruised and scraped following the crash.
Helmet camera video footage plays an invaluable tool in Police investigations in a small number of hit-and-run incidents. Legal representatives who specialise in representing cyclists say they expect the use of video footage to increase considerably as the awareness of the systems goes up and their prices come down. Some riders even argue that the technology will modify their own riding behaviour because they know their actions may come under scrutiny
‘I know my actions before and after some events are going to be recorded. It makes me want to be careful.’ Mr Wilder said. Cyclists also say helmet cameras can also deter harassment from motorists.
Dogcam Sport offers a wide range of high definition helmet cameras starting at £79.95.