Handlebar Camera vs. aggressive a-hole
If anyone is looking for one, the Contour Roam camera is now available on Amazon for $120. I use a Contour GPS, and I love it.
Good luck pinky!
That’s a really good deal on the Roam BTW. I’ve been using it for over a year and it’s been very reliable. Low light is an issue but otherwise no complaints.
Roam is $99 on Target actually.
You can also flash it to run 60fps @ 720p.
Only thing I dislike about it is non-replaceable battery, but for this cheap, I might pickup one.
Anonymous 01/10/2013 at 10:24pm #
@rr Thanx! I just bought it.
OK. Here are the videos. He buzzed us (hubby and I commute together) both on the way to work, and on the way home. I can’t get the YouTube upload to work tonight, but Contour’s website will suffice:
Ignore my awful voice. I’m the chatty type while biking.
So now what? Call the cops? What does everyone else do at this point?
So now what?
Pinky, may I ask, do either of the videos give you a solid view of the license plate?
If Yes, then I think you call up the Police who have jurisdiction over the area where it’s happening, say There’s a Driver Repeatedly Harrassing Me and Ive Got His License Plate.
If nobody can identify the vehicle, I’m kind of stumped to think of what the Police could do. You might try a media-move, call a bike friendly reporter but that’s a limited-probability play.
I would stop by the PD and talk to them. Be polite but firm. Tell them that this has happened repeatedly with this same vehicle; they are putting you and others in danger & tell them you have it on video. If the police say there is nothing they can do, then you may want to talk to a reporter. (Also, make sure to get names of officers you talk to).
I’d vote for call the cops…I watched and could not see a plate, but you can give them a real good description of the vehicle, and high-resolution video. Ask them what you should do. At least get a report on file.
I couldn’t get the morning video to load, but the evening video clearly shows that truck’s tires following a path easily 18-24″ to the right of the half dozen cars that preceded it.
If you get a visual id of the plate number and description of the driver, in combination with the video, I would think that would be enough to take to the Police and have them pay him a visit.
It should be possible to get the plate between the 2 of you, as soon as the hindmost one sees the truck, call it out to the forward.
I have a visual but no video on the plate – it’s how I know it’s the same vehicle every time.
I’ve never actually seen the driver of this vehicle, but I see the vehicle like clockwork every time I commute.
I think I’m going to change my camera settings and try to get a clearer view. I want clear, clear evidence of the harassment before I take my case to the cops. Maybe I’ll point my camera backwards one day to try to get the driver.
And as morbid as this is, I’ve previously posted the plate on another thread, just so you all know in case this guy misjudges the buzz next time.
As long as you know what the plate number is, I don’t think it’s essential that you see it on the video. So you talk to the Police, show them a video buzz, give them the license plate from your visual observation, they go see the guy and the truck matches the video – ding ding ding.
As long as you’ve somehow got the plate number, I think it’s time to go talk to the Man.
Yeah, indeed, who knows if tomorrow won’t be the day he miscalculates, get a bit too close, and knocks you off your bike. Don’t delay. You don’t lose anything by reporting him in any case.
Have the URLs ready. You’ve got written record here that it is a repeated occurrence.
Looking at the video it looks like this is happening in City jurisdiction? So I suppose you would go to the City station right down in the West End. But yeah, 4+ incidents, plate #, and video, I’d think you have enough to go.
OK I think I’ll stop in the police station in West End this weekend. I didn’t bike today, so I’ll be as safe as one can be in a car (oh the irony!).
Edmonds, you’re right that it’s happening either in West End or in Crafton Heights, which is city. Though the driver definitely comes to/from Crafton. It’s just that our commutes haven’t coincided that early/late yet.
I would suggest putting the video on DVD, or a thumb drive, and taking it with you when you go. At least from my experience, actually having it to hand someone gets much more attention that saying you have it. And good luck. You should not have to put up with this crap, and I hope they can do something about it.
Next time you see this guy when you’re rolling video, assuming this happens again before you get to the police, try to read the plate (first letter will always be “Y” on a truck), and then YELL IT so it can be heard on the video.
But I wouldn’t wait for another incident. You have enough to go on, and as you said, you have the plate already. I’m mainly saying this for anyone else in a similar situation who might happen upon this thread later.
Pinky – if I may, No not the weekend!
Sorry to intrude, but only junior people will be there on the weekend.
What about weekday evenings? Pursuing this during business hours is really not an option – especially for the next couple of weeks.
What about calling the report in and meeting a police officer somewhere? Would that work?
Update: I decided that going this morning was better than putting it off until some perfect time in the future that may never happen. I filed an official report for harassment. The officer taking my report was very nice and professional, and she was impressed that I have helmet cam footage. I should expect a detective to call me in the next day or so to follow up on the details.
Anonymous 01/12/2013 at 3:34pm #
Good for you. The pickup drivers sure are ones I am always looking out for. Really, any chest pounding vehicle like that is always a concern.
Hopefully final update (and mini novel):
Today a detective from the Pgh police called me. She was really professional and concerned and nice. Turns out that the plate they ran on Saturday had a typo in it, and once she reran it with the info I gave her, it came back to a pickup registered to a Crafton resident.
The detective asked me what I wanted to do after she talked to the driver. She was confident that I had enough information to press charges for harassment, which is a citation offense (I think that means just a fine, like a ticket). She said she could even talk to the DA and see if there was room for a REAP (or something like that – it’s reckless endangerment of a person and a much more serious offense). I told her that I didn’t want to decide yet, and that I mostly wanted it to stop.
Fast forward two hours, and she called me back. She talked to the driver, who drives on the route I described. He says he had no idea that he was buzzing me, and that he remembered seeing bikes but that was it. She told him that there is video of him purposely swerving toward me and then away.
For reasons I won’t get into here, this man will be in serious shit if he has anything on his record. He was very upset and told the detective repeatedly that he was sorry and wished he could apologize to me. He has even sworn to start taking a different road to avoid “being accused.”
She told him that another incident will translate into an arrest and that he needs to knock it off.
She called me, filled me in. We agreed that this is a good place to leave things. If there is even one more incident, she will help me press charges.
I’m very happy with how the cops at Zone 6 handled this. So thanks to them for listening to me and acting promptly.
Anonymous 01/15/2013 at 2:23am #
Fantastic! Great job!
Great Pinky! It’s so nice to hear about this happening! Thatnks for stepping up.
BTW: Turns out that the plate they ran on Saturday had a typo in it
This tends to happen when the police don’t want to deal with something. Not saying that is necessarily what happened here, but…
It’s so good that you followed up with it.
Awesome. Much better than how Zone 5 handled my recorded incident with the laying-on-the-horn jagoff.
Good stuff Pinky, I’m happy for you, and really hoping this guy is done bothering you.
Anonymous 01/15/2013 at 9:36am #
Wow, that is great! Thanks for letting us know and making one more driver not be an idiot towards us. Maybe the word will slowly get out that we are people trying to get places and have a right to be there.
Anonymous 01/15/2013 at 11:47am #
“this man will be in serious shit if he has anything on his record.”
Translation. . . he already has a record. Parole violation? Can’t say my heart is bleeding.
Though, re; “He has even sworn to start taking a different road to avoid “being accused.”” if that’s a direct quote leads me to believe he hasn’t ENTIRELY gotten the point. He still hasn’t accepted responsibility, probably why he’s in whatever legal state he’s in. Yeah, don’t take a different road, just don’t drive like a freaking dickhole. Uggh.
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