Advocacy & Safety - Cyclist hit on COPS episode. What should the cyclist of done?
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07-26-09, 05:24 PM
I found this pretty disturbing.
If you where in this situation, how would you insure someone didn't run you over while rubbernecking?
It's from '06, I'm fairly sure it's not a re-post, sorry if it is.
07-26-09, 06:43 PM
Quit watching COPS while riding.
Does it seem somehow that the biker inadvertently swerved as he turned his head to look behind him? Kind of the "knee-jerk" type of thing.
The cracked windshield falls under "Driving with defective safety equipment." I think the cop did the right thing.
(I didn't get to watch the vid till today on my laptop. When I made my first comment, I was posting from my BB, which doesn't show video from the site in the above link, although my guess seemed right. I feel for the biker. I took road rash on the face once, years ago.)
07-26-09, 06:48 PM
Wow that was disturbing the cop was totally a dick about hands on steering wheel etc, just for having a cracked windshield and being hispanic? Then searched and cuffed the guys? Sure they turned out to have no driver's license, but is a crack on the windshield really just cause for all that?
Cop harrasment leads to rubbernecking leads to bike collision.
The answer is simple, get rid of the cop, then this never happens in the first place.
Try running a PB superflash or two, it'll drown out the cop car's lights so they don't stare at those so much.
07-26-09, 09:09 PM
Man, what an awful accident. At least the cop stopped the motorist, called an ambulance, etc., fast — as though it were second nature; he even made sure the bicyclist didn't move.
As for the initial stop, I think the two were taken out of the vehicle as the driver didn't seem to have his license (though the stop was for a cracked windshield).
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