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Near Miss of the Day 844: Driver insists cyclists who film motorists are asking to be hit

“You’re enticing people to hit you, aren’t you,” says close pass driver who was fined £100

A driver who made a punishment pass on a cyclist in Norfolk insisted to the rider afterwards that people on bikes who use action cameras to film motorists are asking to be hit.

After beeping his horn twice as he made a close pass on the cyclist, the driver said to him: “You’re enticing people to hit you, aren’t you, you’ve got that little camera on there.”

Pointing inside his vehicle, the 71-year-old driver – who would receive a £100 fine for driving without reasonable consideration for others, and had his driving licence endorsed with three penalty points – added: “I’ve got a camera as well.”

Video of the incident, which happened in May last year on Mile Cross Road in Norwich, was posted to Twitter earlier last week by user That Guy on the Bike, who tweets as @TGontbike.

“This was a particularly unusual punishment pass in that, when I caught up with the driver not long after he was quite happy to explain why he did it, knowing full well that I was filming him,” That Guy on the Bike told us.

“Essentially, his argument was that I was too far out from the kerb and that I was enticing drivers to hit me so I could film them.

“He continued to ague his case but once his female passenger chipped in about insurance and road tax I took that as my cue to leave.

“I have to say that the Norfolk and Suffolk DashCam team have become excellent,” he added, “so I want to thank them for all their hard work and I’d recommend them to anyone.”

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 — Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

Over the years has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

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Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

> Here's what to do if you capture a near miss, close pass or collision on camera while cycling

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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ShutTheFrontDawes replied to Sriracha | 1 year ago
Sriracha wrote:

Is he just stupid?


Hirsute replied to Sriracha | 1 year ago

No, he's going to submit it to dashcam uk and then get annilated in the comments.

grOg replied to Sriracha | 1 year ago
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Monumentally dumb; my experience after mounting a very obvious go-pro to my rear rack, is that almost all drivers pass wide of my bike, whereas before when I had a small action camera mounted under the saddle on the seat post, few drivers would have noticed the camera and I got a lot more close passes.

hawkinspeter | 1 year ago

So do these drivers look out for cyclists with cameras and then deliberately try to hit them?

Hirsute replied to hawkinspeter | 1 year ago

Or when the police did a plain clothes close pass cycle operation round here it was entrapment.

lonpfrb replied to hawkinspeter | 1 year ago
hawkinspeter wrote:

So do these drivers look out for cyclists with cameras and then deliberately try to hit them?

In my experience they do not:

  • Pay much attention to cyclists, generally
  • Know what a camera looks like
  • Believe that cameras are a threat
  • Conclude that a punishment pass is how best to respond

Of course there's always one exception who needs to be corrected by enforcement action.

Preparing to provide evidence to hold offenders to account is not incitement rather risk mitigation that should not be necessary but sadly is, based on the KSI statistics..

Mungecrundle | 1 year ago

In the interests of balance and to counter any comments about old people based on lazy tropes.

Not all senior citizens are daft bigots.

Rendel Harris replied to Mungecrundle | 1 year ago

Absolutely, senior citizens rank way down on the list of people who cause problems for cyclists on the road, at least in my experience.

ThatGuyOnTheBike replied to Mungecrundle | 1 year ago
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No, his age is not his defining charactoristic for sure!

Sriracha replied to Mungecrundle | 1 year ago

Not all, but neither is it just a lazy trope. There is some suggestion of a mechanism which explains the observation that some people become more bigoted with age:
"As we age, and as our frontal lobes lose their sharpness, we may lose that ability to inhibit stereotypical thoughts, despite our stated intentions."

grOg replied to Sriracha | 1 year ago
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Clearly, once people reach retirement age, they shouldn't be allowed to drive or vote; they are now reduntant and a danger to society; take them out to some deserted place with no food or water and let Nature take care of the problem; you know it makes sense.. for young tax paying people.

Sriracha replied to grOg | 1 year ago

Slim chance of me reaching retirement age; it's getting older faster than me!


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